Sen. Ted Cruz Says Not Enforcing Federal Pot Laws is ‘Dangerous to Liberty’ (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) often lectures President Obama on the glories of "small government" and scolds him on "overreach by the federal government," but the Tea Party favorite recently showed his support for big government when it comes to locking up Americans for smoking marijuana.

Sen. Cruz told Reason magazine on Monday that President Obama was wrong not to prosecute people who sell and smoke marijuana in Colorado and Washington, which both states have legalized.

“I will say one thing that’s been dismaying about the Obama administration,” stated Sen. Cruz. “The Obama administration’s approach to drug policy is to simply announce that across the country, it is going to stop enforcing certain drug laws."

"Now, that may or may not be a good policy, but I would suggest that should concern anyone, it should even concern libertarians who support that policy outcome, because the idea that the president simply says criminal laws that are on the books, we’re going to ignore [them]," added Sen. Cruz. "That is a very dangerous precedent.”

However, a 2013 study published in the BMJ Open, a journal published by the British Medical Journal, found that efforts to shut down "the global illegal drug market through law enforcement are failing," noted CNN.

"During the past two decades, the supply of major illegal drugs has increased, as measured through a general decline in the prices and a general increase in the purity of illegal drugs in a variety of settings," stated the study.

Even though the US leads the industrialized world in imprisoned citizens and about half of all federal prisoners are drug offenders, Sen. Cruz still insists those Americans should still be locked up.

During a January speech to the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Sen. Cruz slammed President Obama for not arresting people in Colorado for using marijuana (video below).

Sources: Reason, BMJ Open, CNN, The New York Times, ThinkProgress.org