Speaking on KTRS 550 radio on Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said he would enforce federal laws that ban the sale and use of marijuana in states were it has been legalized.
Walker said that he personally believes it is a state issue, but until federal law is changed, it needs to be enforced. He added that he was against the legalization of marijuana.
Host: In 30 seconds would your Justice Department go after Colorado for legalized marijuana sales?
Scott Walker: For me I think that should be a state issue but I also think that you can't ignore the laws. And until the federal government changes the laws you don't get to pick and choose in a just society whether you enforce the laws or not. You have to change them.
Host: So yes, you would go after Colorado?
Scott Walker – Well, I would enforce the law that was on the books no matter what it is. And again if we are going to change it, change it in the Congress. I believe it is a states issue, so I don't have a problem changing it. I don't think marijuana is something that should be legalized, I've opposed it at my own state because law enforcement in both political parties have warned me that that's a gateway drug, they worry it would open the door to others out there. But to me I still think that's something best handled at the state level. But the federal level, you've got to change the law. You don't just get to pick and choose what laws you enforce.
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