Tim Kaine is a Marijuana Pain: Hillary’s Prohibitionist VP Pick


Hillary Clinton’s disdain for marijuana law reform is apparent in her choice for Vice President, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine. Just like Barack Obama’s marijuana-hating Joe Biden, she has chosen a cannabis prohibitionist for second in command.

For many MarijuanaPolitics.com readers, a politician’s votes and actions on cannabis legislation, medical use and personal liberty, especially the freedom to medicate with cannabis, are keys to our votes. Although cannabis is not the only criteria many of us consider in casting votes and providing political support, it is probably the most important. After all, marijuana policy is so telling of the candidate’s views on personal freedom, medical choice, legislating by science not dogma, and general sense of justice. If they are not opposed to the idiocy of America’s war on marijuana, then they forfeit our votes.

Tim Kaine’s regressive and repressive views and votes on marijuana recently earned him into a “hall of shame” over at StopTheDrugWar.com. Just last month, they consolidated NORML’s congressional scorecard, and displayed the names of 26 current US senators to whom they have given an “F” rating on marijuana prohibition. Unsurprisingly, only four were Democrats; unfortunately, one of those four prohibitionists is Tim Kaine. He recently said:

I wouldn’t vote for a law at the federal or state level that would decriminalize marijuana.

Now both Republican and Democratic parties will have only prohibitionists at the VP position, as Tim Kaine joins with Donald Trump’s VP choice Mike Pence in hating on marijuana. By contrast, Libertarian Gary Johnson’s VP choice, Bill Weld espouses an excellent cannabis policy, and supports ending the “vastly counterproductive” war on drugs.

The entire sorry NORML list of “F grade” Senators from StopTheDrugWar.com is posted below. Note especially the Democrat turncoats, Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), and of course, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA). Even arch-prohibitionist Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) only got a “D!”

One Out of Four US Senators Is a Marijuana Prohibitionist — Is Yours One of Them?

  • Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
  • Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL)
  • Sen. John Boozman (R-AR)
  • Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR)
  • Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE)
  • Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
  • Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID)
  • Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)
  • Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN)
  • Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
  • Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA)
  • Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
  • Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)
  • Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE)
  • Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
  • Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)
  • Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
  • Sen. James Lankford (R-OK)
  • Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA)
  • Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)
  • Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD)
  • Sen. John Thune (R-SD)
  • Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)
  • Sen. Jon Cornyn (R-TX)
  • Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA)
  • Sen. John Barasso (R-WY)
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Don Fitch

Interest in cannabis liberation extends back to the 1960s for Don Fitch. Most of his career has been in high tech and preventive health care, endeavors he continues with Well-Being Skills, focused now on ebook publishing. Don has always followed and contributed to efforts for ending marijuana prohibition. An Oregonian whose vision is endangered by glaucoma, Don has benefited from his state’s 1998 medical cannabis law, and his eyesight is fully preserved. Don has been writing about cannabis and well-being since 2008 in his blog, www.YourBrainOnBliss.com. This site explores the bountiful health benefits stemming from the discovery of the endocannabinoid system and increasingly legal medical cannabis. The impact of these discoveries, and the use of marijuana in prevention and treatment, may be as important to health care as were the microelectronic discoveries Don wrote about in the early ’80s were to our on-going technological revolution. His major goal, still frustrated after decades, is to see cannabis down-scheduled from Schedule I at the federal level. For fun, Don flies paragliders and travels.