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Rick Santorum Unclear On Medical Marijuana Laws

Rick Santorum Marijuana

First Posted: 01/05/2012 5:32 pm Updated: 01/05/2012 5:50 pm

At a campaign stop in Concord, N.H. on Thursday, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum spent more than an hour sparring with college students over everything from gay rights to pot, though he struggled to explain why he won't support states' rights to allow medical marijuana.

When questioned by a student wondering why conservatives tend to favor states' rights except in the case of medical marijuana, Santorum confessed that he does not know his medical cannabis laws.

Without an informed opinion about policy, Santorum defended his argument using personal experience, according to Talking Points Memo. "I went to college too," he said during the College Convention 2012 forum, organized by New England College.

The response did not go over well, eliciting boos from the audience, and that's not a surprise.

Fifty percent of Americans favor legalizing marijuana, according to a recent Gallup poll, with support for legalization among Americans under the age of 30 as high as 62 percent. Gallup has found that Americans are especially likely to favor legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, and 70 percent favor making it legal for doctors to prescribe marijuana to reduce pain and suffering, according to a survey last year.

HuffPost has compiled a slideshow highlighting GOP candidates' positions on the issue. Most have more to say than Santorum.

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Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has called for an end to the war on drugs, insisting that marijuana laws should be set not by the federal government but by the states. In June, he teamed up with Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) to introduce legislation removing marijuana from the list of federally regulated substances. Though essentially dead upon arrival, the bill helps to illuminate Paul's views.

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