We often hear anti-marijuana advocates throw out the most ridiculous suggestions about the cannabis issue, but one California governor candidate has the most crazy one yet.
John Cox is a businessman running for the Republican nomination for California governor. In an interview with The San Diego Union-Tribune, Cox said he believes that marijuana users should be hospitalized to prevent them from using harder drugs. He cited the drug laws in Portugal as the basis for this proposal.
“I’m suggesting that people who are addicted to substances, substance abuse, should get treated, they should not be incarcerated,” Cox said.
And if you think maybe this was a one-time slip of the tongue, Cox reiterated his point in a GOP forum among other gubernatorial candidates.
“I’d like to go to the Portugal system where they actually put people who use marijuana in hospitals and cure them of their substance abuse," he said.
Of course, that's not exactly how the Portugal system works. Portugal has all drugs decriminalized, and anyone who's found in possession must go through a substance abuse program, but they are not given any criminal penalties. And the system is meant for harder drugs, such as heroin or cocaine, not cannabis.
Luckily, it's unlikely Cox will end up as the GOP nominee as most polls show in him second or third place in the race. And even if he does somehow win the nomination, almost everyone believes Democratic Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom will end up in the governor's mansion this November.
But still, that is one crazy idea.
(h/t The Californian)