The Republican Party is badly split and it did not start with Donald Trump. However, when ideology trumps reality, the result is stupidity.
“It is the theory which decides what we can observe.”- Albert Einstein
In recent elections, Republicans considered marijuana prohibition to be a peripheral issue at best. It is not something that “serious” candidates want to spend any time discussing, or they will cease to be considered “serious.”
See: Did Marijuana Prohibition Cost Trump The Election?
In fact, as long as a candidate supports prohibition, it is better that they appear as ignorant as possible on the subject. This protects them from any suspicion of having any latent “tendencies” or secret subversive ideas. In this regard, the prohibitionist ideology resembles the AIDS virus in that it shuts down the immune system by which the democratic process protects itself against anti-democratic nonsense.
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