GOP Virginia Attorney General Open To Pot Legalization

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R)

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R)

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R), the apparent GOP candidate for Virginia Governor this November, told students at the University of Virginia this week that he had no problem with states experimenting with marijuana legalization.

The campus newspaper, the Cavalier Daily, reported that a student asked Cuccinelli about marijuana legalization as the Attorney General guest lectured in Professor Larry Sabato’s Introduction to Politics Class. “I’m not sure about Virginia’s future,” he responded, “but I and a lot of people are watching Colorado and Washington to see how it plays out.”

Sabato told the the Virginian Pilot that “Cuccinelli stressed he wouldn’t be recommending changes anytime soon. But he praised states such as Colorado for experimenting with marihuana legalization, saying this was federalism in action. He said twice his views were ‘evolving” on the subject.”

But this potentially libertarian approach is hardly indicative of Cuccinelli’s generally authoritarian views. He tried to get a college safe-sex fair cancelled (calling it “soft porn”), wants an abortion ban with no exceptions for rape or incest, and opposed even allowing companies to voluntarily offer same-sex domestic partnership benefits fearing it might “encourage this type of behavior.” And even after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in its 2003 Lawrence v. Texas case that such bans were unconstitutional, he still voted against repealing a state law making consensual sodomy a felony.