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article imageRand Paul opposes libertarian view, against legalizing marijuana

By Marcus Hondro     Mar 26, 2013 in Politics
The libertarian, conservative, Tea Party adherent and Republican senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul, has clarified his views on marijuana. Paul told 'Fox News Sunday' that he doesn't support legalizing it but feels possession does not warrant a jail term.
"The main thing I've said is not to legalize them (marijuana laws) but not to incarcerate people for extended periods of time," the 50-year-old Paul told host Chris Wallace.
Thought to be gearing up for a run for the GOP nomination for the Presidency in 2016, Paul said the big reason not to support jail terms is that the American prison system is overcrowded, largely because of non-violent offenders being given long sentences. "There are people in jail for 37, 50, 45 years for nonviolent crimes. And that's a huge mistake. Our prisons are full of nonviolent criminals," he said.
Rand Paul: Clashes with libertarian marijuana views
Paul's views are in contrast to mainstream libertarian views, which have it that principles of liberty, voluntary association and political freedom allow for an individual to freely choose to use pot. His father, Ron Paul, who ran for and lost the Republican nomination for the presidency in 2008 and 2012, and ran for that office for the Libertarian Party in 1988, has said he supports legalizing marijuana, emphasizing that he doesn't endorse using it.
Paul told Wallace that U.S. President Barack Obama and former-president, George W. Bush, are two whose lives might have gone down dramatically different paths had the law treated them the way it treats others.
"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," he said. "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."
He was not specific on what would happen to repeat drug law offenders.
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