Rand Paul: D.C. Residents Can Legalize Pot If They Want


Rand Paul
Gage Skidmore

Everybody's favorite libertarian-leaning senator told BuzzFeed News that he is perfectly okay with D.C. voters opting to legalize marijuana on their ballots today.

"I think there should be a certain amount of discretions for both states and territories and the District," Rand Paul said when asked about the legalization measure on D.C.'s ballot by BuzzFeed News after he voted in Bowling Green, Kentucky, on Tuesday. 

"I think really when we set up our country, we intended that most crime or not crime, things we determine to be crime or not crimes is really to be determined by localities," Paul said. 

Paul would not say whether he supported the actual measure, however. That's fairly typical of Paul, and while it might not be as strong a statement as libertarians would want, it's certainly preferable to the anti-drug moralizing and grandstanding that prominent Republicans have resorted to in years past.

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