Sen. Lindsey Graham May Play Important Part in Rolling Back Marijuana Prohibition

by | Nov 20, 2018


Many articles at the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity (RPI) website — often in the “Neocon Watch” section — have subjected Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to criticism for his support for uber-interventionist foreign policy. This is not surprising given that, as RPI Executive Director Daniel McAdams wrote in one of those articles in April of 2016, Graham is “a steadfast member of Washington’s neocon warhawk faction.”

Still, that does not mean that Graham can do no good in the Senate. Indeed, Graham’s apparently likely ascension to the chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee could help lead to pro-liberty changes in United States marijuana laws occurring soon. While Graham is not an advocate for full marijuana legalization, his legislative record and past statements suggest that, as chairman of the committee with jurisdiction over much of the US government’s marijuana policy, Graham would be significantly more supportive of rollbacks in US marijuana prohibition than has been outgoing Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA).

For some of the key details indicating Graham’s chairmanship would likely be good news for opponents of the US government’s war on marijuana, read Kyle Jaeger’s recent Marijuana Moment article “Shakeup In Key Senate Committee Bodes Well For Federal Marijuana Reform.”


  • Adam Dick

    Adam worked from 2003 through 2013 as a legislative aide for Rep. Ron Paul. Previously, he was a member of the Wisconsin State Board of Elections, a co-manager of Ed Thompson's 2002 Wisconsin governor campaign, and a lawyer in New York and Connecticut.

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