Rand Paul, Legalizing Marijuana And 2016


Although I’m not sure anyone is ready to hear it yet, it looks like the 2016 crop – of would be presidential seedlings may have just begun the never ending cycle of running for president. Witness Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) who made it a point to clarify he isn’t ‘ruling out‘  the possibility of running for president in the next election cycle (good to know, I guess).

Rand Paul is of course the offspring of one time Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul, R-Texas, who last year introduced bi-partisan legislation asking to end the federal war on marijuana and allow states to legalize, regulate, tax, and control marijuana without federal interference. Rand the junior senator from Kentucky spoke with several news outlets this past weekend and acknowledged that he’s not absolutely opposed the idea of ‘throwing his hat in the ring’ for the presidency of the United States during the 2016 slugfest. But before the Republicans get too excited, Sen. Paul says the GOP has a few obstacles they’ll need to clear up.

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“I’m not going to deny that I’m interested,” Sen. Paul noted, the Republican Party could use a little face-lift before he commits to taking the GOP to the big dance.

“I think we have to go a different direction because we’re just not winning and we have to think about some different ideas,” noted the Kentucky Sen., in addition the GOP needs to work hard towards embracing new ideas regardless of the political affiliation before he will commit to a presidential bid.

“We’re getting an ever dwindling percent of the Hispanic vote,” Paul noted. “We have to let people know, Hispanics in particular, we’re not putting you on a bus and shipping you home.” Source

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Reverberating his dad’s sound logic and theoretical talking points like ending the ill-fated federal war on drugs. One of the more interesting observations made by Sen. Paul was that the GOP and the remainder of America needs to take a long close look at the common sense deployed in the states of Washington and Colorado and work hard to catch up with them.

“I think for example we should tell young people, ‘I’m not in favor of you smoking pot, but if you get caught smoking pot, I don’t want to put you in jail for 20 years,’” Paul says.

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  • elaine c

    I am a 74yo woman. I’ve been waiting for decades for the legalization of marijuana. Marijuana doesn’t destroy livers as alcohol does. I don’t want to make all of the many many comparisons between pot and liquor. I’ve heard many of the arguments by the anti-feel good people. They are invalid and for the most part hysterical. I’ll vote for anyone who is running for office and is pro legalizing marijuana.

    • jerry a

      Elaine, I agree with you. I lost my mother this last feb 2013 to complications after surgery to repair a tear in her heart. She was a 20 year cancer survivor who loved her MaryJane. She died at 68 and lived in Arkansas, which unfortunately has not passed a medical law, but she didn’t let that stop her. I too will vote for anyone who runs on a legalization platform. Also will vote against any incumbent. Keep up the good fight and enjoy life with MaryJane!

  • David R.

    Yeah I too will vote for any candidate regardless of party,race or gender who supports marijuana legalization. It is time to tax marijuana and stop wasting good dollars on a war that can not be won. I love to hear the comments from the D.E.A. guy saying that all parents oppose legalization, well I’m a parent, my wife is a parent and I have hundreds of friends who are parents and support full legalization of marijuana. Vote YES to marijuana!!!!!