Roger Stone has been a well-known voice in politics for forty years as a top Republican strategist, lobbyist, and longtime advisor to Donald Trump. Stone has also served as a senior campaign aide to three Republican presidents: Nixon, Reagan and, to his regret, Bush. He's known for being outspoken in his lobbying, and in fact, is the subject of the popular Netflix documentary, “Get Me Roger Stone”, which explores the life and career of strategy and public policy. Recently, Stone has had a change of heart on one hot-button issue in modern politics: Marijuana. Stone sat down at this year’s Politicon to discuss the legalization of marijuana, and whether it is in fact just a transfer of wealth from the black market to big corporations.
While on the panel, Stone clarifies his stance on the War on Drugs, “It’s important to understand that the War on Drugs was an expensive, ignominious, racist failure.” Now, Stone believes that this is an issue that Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, and progressives and libertarians need to work together to solve. Stone also believes that his candidate, Donald Trump, will honor his promise to allow states to decide whether to legalize marijuana and to reclassify marijuana to take it off Schedule I. Stone was joined by the likes of our very own Derek Riedle, Krishna Andavolu, Kellen Russoniello, Kevin Sabet, Roger Stone, Roy Wood Jr., and Xeni Jardin.