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Rand Paul Says Pot Prohibition Should Be Repealed

The Kentucky senator says "there's no real reason to have a federal rule on that."

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In his interview with The Daily Show's Trevor Noah last night, Rand Paul made his clearest public statement yet calling for an end to federal marijuana prohibition:

Noah: If Rand Paul was president, would it be illegal to smoke weed?

Paul: Not federally, and I think states would make up their minds. So for instance, Colorado right now has decided that it's not illegal. I think that's completely Colorado's purview. There shouldn't be federal laws against most things. In fact, when we started the country, we had laws against counterfeiting, against treason, and against piracy….

Whether or not Colorado decides to legalize marijuana really is their business, and there's no real reason to have a federal rule on that….States will develop different experiments or proclivities. Colorado might have it, but maybe Alabama is not going to have it. The good thing about it is it allows us to have a little bit different cultural norms in different parts of the country.

For years Paul has been saying that drug policy should be devolved to the states as much has possible and that states should be free to decide whether to legalize marijuana. Although repealing the federal ban is a logical implication of those positions, as far as I know this is the first time the Kentucky senator has explicitly endorsed that step. 

So far Bernie Sanders' Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, the first bill of its kind in the Senate, has no cosponsors. Maybe Paul will be the first.

Paul's position is actually more radical than Sanders', since he seems to be saying (as his father does) that neither marijuana nor any other drug should be prohibited at the federal level. And that's just for starters. "There shouldn't be federal laws against most things" covers a lot of territory.

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  1. Decriminalize all drugs.

    1. Criminalize the Feds!

    2. In what sense are you using “decriminalize”? Just removing criminal penalties for posession (the most common meaning for decriminalization of drugs) isn’t enough.

  2. In a true Federalist system that is probably the exact right thing to say.

    Despite some missteps, I still wish I could vote for Rand. Oh well.

    1. That’s saying a lot here. A number of posters have declared that Zrand doesn’t meet their libertarian Putin test so they won’t vote for him at all.

  3. According to many progressives, all laws should be federal. You know, for equality’s sake. It’s not fair that something can be legal in one state and illegal in another state. Everything should be legal or illegal, and the only way to do that is at the federal level.

    1. Because Southern and Western states aren’t shitholes yet, all laws should be federal, so as to equalize the shitiness. New York and California shouldn’t have to be the only members of the Fucktard League.

      1. Southern and Western states aren’t shitholes yet

        I don’t know if I’d go that far.

    2. Except for guns. Then it makes perfect sense for states and even individual cities to have their own laws that are at odds with other states and the Constitution.

    3. When I ask them what Article I, ? 8 means or what the 10th Amendment means, they immediately resort to name-calling.

  4. So far Bernie Sanders’ Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, the first bill of its kind in the Senate, has no cosponsors. Maybe Paul will be the first.

    Maybe Bernie would sign the Freedom from Over-Criminalization and Unjust Seizures Act, the first bill of its kind in the Senate. Bernie’d have to settle for being the first Democrat but, who knows?

    1. Err… non-Republican, w/e.

      1. He’s.basically a far left democrat. He caucuses with them, doesn’t he?

  5. Vote for Rand Paul for President. FREEDOM!

  6. Too little, too late. Rand should have been shouting this for the past year to engage young people.

    Wonderful man, lame strategist.

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  8. Certainly a tough position to take if you’re running for President. It’s pretty clear Rand has thrown in the towel. We can always write him in this November. That would be far less painful that picking one of the two eventual nominees (bozos).

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    1. I’ve made $76,000 so far this year

      Selling pot?

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