Writing in the Colorado Springs Gazette, former GOP Congressman and 2010 Colorado Gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo formally endorsed Amendment 64, the Colorado citizen initiative to legalize marijuana on the November ballot.
Tancredo explains “the voters of Colorado have the opportunity to repeat history,” referring to Colorado’s repeal of alcohol prohibition four score years ago.
In the 1920s, alcohol prohibition led to the widespread proliferation of violent criminal organizations who corrupted politicians and law enforcement officials to illegally peddle booze to otherwise law-abiding citizens.
Similarly, by keeping marijuana illegal for the last 75 years, we have created a black market that helps fuel some of the most dangerous terrorist organizations in the world. …
Amendment 64 would take the marijuana business out of the hands of the drug cartels, by regulating and taxing marijuana in a similar manner to alcohol. …
I am endorsing Amendment 64 not despite my conservative beliefs, but because of them.
During his time in Congress, Tancredo voted each year in favor of the so-called “States Rights to Medical Marijuana” amendment offered on various legislation by Reps. Hinchey and Rohrbacher, which would prevent the Department of Justice (and thus, the DEA,) from spending any funds to interfere with the lawful operation of state medical marijuana programs.
Tancredo is also known for his strong anti-immigration views, support of a “federal marriage amendment” to define only heterosexual marriage as federally recognizable, and an unsuccessful run for the Republican Party presidential nomination in 2008, from which he dropped out of in 2007 to assist former Massachusetts Governor and current GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney in his 2008 campaign.