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Much of politics doesn't fit into the traditional left-right one-dimensional political spectrum. Politics is multi-dimensional. Marijuana legalisation (and the legalisation/regulation of other drugs) is a socially liberal as well as economically liberal idea. While being economically liberal, many people on the Right wing are not socially liberal. Rightly ...


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When asking this question about parties, and why they oppose legalization, there are two potential aspects to "why": reasons for the policy as an end in itself, and reasons for the policy as a means to attaining and retaining power. My answer focuses on the latter, as in my experience there does not seem to be a right-wing consensus that drugs (and ...


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I hate to say this, but incarceration is profitable, and at least in America the political class is plainly for sale: The largest private prison corporations, Core Civic and GEO Group, collectively manage over half of the private prison contracts in the United States with combined revenues of $3.5 billion as of 2015.[...] In 2017 private prison stocks for ...


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From the 2016 (US) Republican Platform, page 40: Combatting Drug Abuse The progress made over the last three decades against drug abuse is eroding, whether for cultural reasons or for lack of national leadership. In many jurisdictions, marijuana is virtually legalized despite its illegality under federal law. At the other end of the drug ...


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The premises of your question are wrong. Lets start with the title. "Legalising dangerous drugs". The danger of marijuana is debatable. Alcohol and Tobacco are equally if not more dangerous (as I will show later). So it puts the people at risk of facing drugs even against their will. How so? I've never had to take any drugs -- including Tobacco ...


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In terms of the Republican party, it's generally not something that's a major plank issue. Presently, many of the more moderate members are far more likely to support it, especially those of the Libertarian/Classic Liberal wing of the party. The chief reasons they don't press the matter in intraparty politics as those of the libertarian persuasion are ...


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This image is not hosted anywhere credible. This reverse image search will show that this image only appears on ministryofhemp and quora. Therefore, by default, there is no reason you should believe it (or any other claim that is not being made by a reputable source). Marijuana Lobbying Facts This page on OpenSecrets states that total lobbying dollars ...


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States can pass whatever laws they wish (see Republican states with abortion bans), they're just subordinate to Federal law. In this case, it's a detente achieved through executive discretion. The Obama administration said it wouldn't seek to arrest users in states where it's legal The Obama administration said Thursday that it would not challenge laws ...


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Somewhat oversimplified explanation: In many circles (especially right-wing ones) there was limited access to information concerning differences in harm level between different psychoactive substances. So the approach was simple - it's all terribly harmful and should be enforced harshly. (I highly suspect this is mostly due to a lack of detailed information ...


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I looked at Wikipedia's very nice maps about this: Here is a map about the legality of marijuana. Blue means that it is fully legalized. I am only counting these, based on the specific wording in the question. The dark blue countries here are ones where abortion is "legal on request". If I look at the overlap, abortion is legal on request and recreational ...


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Abortion in Canada is legal at all stages of pregnancy, even though provision of services varies from province to province. Abortion is the premature ending of a pregnancy. Inducing an abortion was a crime in Canada until 1988, when the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the abortion law as unconstitutional. Since then, abortion has been legal at ...


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The core policy of right wing parties is to promote the interests of the wealthy - that's what defines them as right wing. However, in most societies, a majority of the population are not wealthy (depending on how you cut it) and thus unlikely to give wholehearted support to such policies. One strategy to deal with this is to divide the population into ...


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The premise is false. In the United States, at least, marijuana prohibition was a mainstream position favored by both major political parties for decades. The party most noted in American politics for favoring marijuana legalization during those decades was the Libertarian party, a right-wing party.


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At least in the United States Republican party, I think it would be more fair to say that there is a diversity of opinion. At National Review, for example, which is widely considered a flagship of the conservative movement in the US, we have an anti-legalization article, but also more-or-less pro-legalization articles here and here.


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Social conservatism focuses on preventing social behaviours that cause harm. Divorce, for example is taken to harm children. Drug use harms the individual as well as those who are socially close to that individual. Since marijuana is now proven to be a causative agent in mental illness* it is entirely within the traditional domain of social conservatism to ...


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There are many classes of activities that can prompt prosecution under both state and federal law. For instance, there is a federal law against assaulting USPS employees, but assault in general is prohibited by state law. When it comes to drugs, there are often state laws that might replicate federal law, be more lenient, or in some cases be more harsh. If ...


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First, marijuana hardly classifies as 'dangerous'. Alcohol and tobacco are far more dangerous — to oneself and to others, according to every clinical study — and both those drugs are legally available over the counter. Marijuana was scheduled as a class 1 drug mainly for political reasons. conservatives in the Vietnam war era associated marijuana with ...


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