Mitt Romney

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Mitt Romney giving an interview at a supporters rally in Paradise Valley, Arizona

Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947) is an American politician and businessman who was the Republican Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election. Before his presidential bid, he served as the 70th Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007.

  • In 2012, The New York Times published an article about Romney, which included the following excerpt: "Mr. Romney and his wife take regular walks around La Jolla, exchanging pleasantries with fellow strollers and occasionally enforcing the law. A young man in town recalled that Mr. Romney confronted him as he smoked marijuana and drank on the beach last summer, demanding that he stop."[1]
  • During his 2012 run for president, Romney said that his administration would enforce federal drug laws, which prohibit cannabis in all forms. Furthermore, he said: "I oppose marijuana being used for recreational purposes and I believe the federal law should prohibit the recreational use of marijuana."[2][3]
  • The Romney campaign later reiterated its continued support for prohibition. One spokesperson said: "Governor Romney has a long record of opposing the use of marijuana for any reason. He opposes legalizing drugs, including marijuana for medicinal purposes. He will fully enforce the nation’s drug laws, and he will oppose any attempts at legalization."[3]

Additional Resources


  1. The Candidate Next Door by Michael Barbaro (June 6, 2012), The New York Times. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
  2. Mitt Romney would honor Obama administration's illegal immigrant work permits by Allison Sherry (October 1, 2012), The Denver Post. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mitt Romney: Marijuana 'For Recreational Use' Is Bad, But I Also Oppose It For All Purposes by Nick Wing (October 2, 2012), The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 22, 2014.