Asked about Mr. Romney’s stance on federal raids, Andrea Saul, his spokesman, wouldn’t answer directly, instead saying that the “governor opposes any marijuana legalization, federal or state.”
Then-governor Romney vetoed a bill allowing pharmacies to provide individuals clean hypodermic needles without a prescription. The measure would have cost the state nothing, and health experts argued it would help curb the spread of infectious disease. In addition, proponents noted, it would have saved funds otherwise spent on emergency medical care. Romney argued the program would have "unintended consequences" and encourage the use of heroin.
Marijuana policy doesn't appear to be an issue Romney follows closely. Asked at a recent town hall in Petersborough for his view on industrializing hemp, the former Massachusetts governor answered, "I have no idea what industrialized hemp is."
Romney has stated his opposition to medical cannabis in the past. During the 2008 presidential campaign, he said, "I don't want marijuana to be used in our country. I'm not going to legalize marijuana." He's offered no in-depth discussions of the issue recently.
[Says Romney:] "I think medical marijuana should not be legal in this country. I believe it's a gateway drug to other drug violations. The use of illegal drugs in this country is leading to terrible consequences in places like Mexico, and actually in our own country. I oppose legalization of marijuana. I oppose legalizations of other kinds of drugs."
"I think medical marijuana should not be legal in this country. I believe it's a gateway drug to other drug violations. The use of illegal drugs in this country is leading to terrible consequences in places like Mexico, and actually in our own country. I oppose legalization of marijuana. I oppose legalizations of other kinds of drugs."
“I’m not running on marriage and marijuana,” Romney said after the interview was over. “Those are state issues, right?”
When Boyd [a CBS reporter] started asking Romney questions about gay marriage and the legalization of marijuana, Romney turned testy. “Aren’t there issues of significance you would like to talk about?” Romney said. “The economy? The growth of jobs? The need to put people back to work? The challenges of Iran. We’ve got enormous issues we face, but you want to talk about medical marijuana.”
In 2007, he addressed a group of New Hampshire voters and explained that he opposed legalizing medical marijuana because pot "is the entry drug of people trying to get kids hooked on drugs." [A couple of months later, while talking to a group of students,] he reiterated his support for alternatives for pain management and his belief that marijuana is a gateway drug that "is one of the great causes of crime in our cities."
During his time as the Governor of Massachusetts, he had a generally "tough on drug crime" stance: in 2004 he supported a crackdown on drunk drivers that aimed to bring Massachusetts' notoriously lax penalties into line with federal norms. In 2005, his administration introduced legislation that would increase the penalties and fines for those charged with possession with intent to manufacture methamphetamines.