Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says law enforcement should not focus its energy on the “minimal problem” of marijuana. Politico.com says Palin made the comment during an appearance on the Fox Business Network with Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tx.) The libertarian Paul said enforcing marijuana restrictions specifically and the war on drugs more generally is a “useless battle,” a point Palin somewhat agreed with, though she was clear that she does not support legalization.
“If we’re talking about pot, I’m not for the legalization of pot,” Palin said. “I think that would just encourage our young people to think that it was OK to go ahead and use it.” She added: “However, I think we need to prioritize our law enforcement efforts. If somebody’s gonna smoke a joint in their house and not do anybody any harm, then perhaps there are other things our cops should be looking at to engage in and try to clean up some of the other problems we have in society.”