Article from Reason by Ron Paul.

In my 1996 campaign to return to Congress in Texas, both the Republican and Democratic parties opposed me. Republicans fought me in the primary and Democrats in the general election. Millions of dollars were spent attacking my opposition to the war on drugs in the most inflammatory ways imaginable. Many of the attacks even portrayed me as pro-drug use. This smear campaign was unsuccessful as most voters understood that opposing an unconstitutional, ineffective “war on drugs” meant that you were pro-freedom, not pro-drugs.

Despite my showing that opposition to the drug war was not the political kiss of death, even in a conservative “Bible Belt”‘ district, during the majority of my time in Congress, few politicians joined my call to end the federal war on drugs. That began to change in the later years of my time in Congress and has accelerated since I left Congress in 2013.

Today, 33 states have legalized medical marijuana while ten have legalized recreational marijuana. The majority of Americans now live in states where some type of marijuana is legal. Further proof of changing attitudes is that in 2016, Donald Trump’s stated support for respecting state’s authority over marijuana policy not only did not damage his campaign, it did not even cost him support from the religious right.

In this year’s elections, medical marijuana was legalized in the conservative states of Utah and Oklahoma while recreational marijuana was legalized in Michigan. Texas Representative Pete Sessions’ use of his powerful position as chair of the House Rules Committee to block legislation prohibiting federal government from jailing sick people for the “crime” of using medical marijuana in accordance with their state laws may have played a role in his defeat. Voters, especially young voters, are increasingly turned off by conservatives who favor individual liberty and federalism when it comes to guns and Obamacare but favor a federal police state when it comes to marijuana.

Read the entire article at Reason.