Rand Paul: Marijuana Use Isn’t Something to ‘Promote,’ but Jail Terms ‘Ruin Lives’

Riding the high of his win in last week’s straw poll, Sen. Rand Paul delivered a speech of a different kind on Sunday.

In an interview with Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace, Sen. Rand Paul said that President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush could have “conceivably been put in jail” for their drug use, ruining their lives and impacting their getting elected to office. Photo: Fox News

In an interview with Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace, Sen. Paul was asked why he supports more lenient marijuana laws.

“I don’t want to promote that but I also don’t want to put people in jail who make a mistake,” Paul replied.

“There are a lot of young people who do this and then later on in their twenties they grow up and get married and they quit doing things like this. I don’t want to put them in jail and ruin their lives.”

The politician also mentioned some bigger figures who have been linked to this kind of drugs in the past – Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, The Huffington Post reports.

“Look, the last two presidents could conceivably have been put in jail for their drug use, and I really think, you know, look what would have happened, it would have ruined their lives,” Paul added.

“They got lucky, but a lot of poor kids, particularly in the inner city, don’t get lucky. They don’t have good attorneys, and they go to jail for these things and I think it’s a big mistake,” the Senator concluded.

A few months ago, Paul made similar statements, explaining that he is personally against marijuana use but sees states as the right place for decisions to be made.

“States should be allowed to make a lot of these decisions,” Paul said at the time. “I want things to be decided more at a local basis, with more compassion. I think it would make us as Republicans different.”

Paul went on, adding that he did believe that punishments surrounding it were overly harsh.

“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 said.

By the way, numerous studies have shown that marijuana can be quite useful for health. Thus, last year’s study have found that a compound derived from marijuana could stop metastasis in many kinds of aggressive cancer, potentially altering the fatality of the disease forever.

Scientists at San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center have found that a compound derived from marijuana might halt the spread of many kinds of aggressive cancer.

“It took us about 20 years of research to figure this out, but we are very excited,”Pierre Desprez, one of the scientists behind the discovery, told The Huff Post. “We want to get started with trials as soon as possible.”

“We likely would not have found this on our own,” he added. “That’s why collaboration is so essential to scientific discovery.”

The team has started synthesizing the compound in the lab instead of using the plant in an effort to make it more potent.

“It’s a common practice,” explained Desprez. “But hopefully it will also keep us clear of any obstacles while seeking approval.”


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