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Sen.Paul (R-Ky.) said Sunday that President Obama and Bush “got lucky” by not being arrested for smoking marijuana as young adults.

Posted by on Mar. 25, 2013 at 4:48 PM
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By Jordy Yager - 03/24/13 10:23 AM ET

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Sunday that President Obama and former President George W. Bush “got lucky” by not being arrested for smoking marijuana as young adults.

Arguing against mandatory minimum sentencing for pot use, Paul said that a marijuana-related arrest for either Obama or Bush could have ruined their lives.


“Look, the last two presidents could conceivably have been put in jail for their drug use,” Paul said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“Look what would have happened. It would have ruined their lives. They got lucky. But a lot of poor kids, particularly in the inner city, don’t get lucky. They don’t have good attorneys. They go to jail for these things. And I think it’s a big mistake.”

Paul said he was not in favor of using marijuana, because it makes people less productive. But he said he doesn’t support punishing people who use the drug with jail time.  

“I don’t want to encourage people to do it. I think, even, marijuana is a bad thing to do,” Paul said. “I think it takes away your incentive to work and show up and do the things you should be doing. I don’t think it’s a good idea. I don’t want to promote that.

“But I also don’t want to put people in jail who make a mistake. There are a lot of young people who do this and then later on, in their 20s, they grow up, they get married, and they quit doing things like this. I don’t want to put them in jail for the rest of their lives.”


Earlier this week, Paul introduced a bill with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) that would relax the mandatory minimum sentences on drug-related crimes for people who do not pose a violent threat to the public. The bill has gained the support of some influential conservatives, including anti-tax activist Grover Norquist.

Soon after announcing his bid for the presidency, Obama admitted to reporters in 2006 to smoking marijuana as a teenager. And one year before that, a series of secretly recorded conversations between Bush and a former adviser to his father documented the former Texas governor admitting to trying marijuana as a younger man.

Former President Clinton has said he did not inhale when presented with marijuana in his younger days.

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soonergirl980
by Silver Member on Mar. 25, 2013 at 4:52 PM

I saw that interview and he is right and come one you can add Clinton to that I don't think anyone truly buys the "I didn't inhale" which wouldn't matter anyway sense smoking it isn't illegal its the possession of it.

Billiejeens
by Gold Member on Mar. 25, 2013 at 4:53 PM
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Obama has been "lucky" that he has not been arrested for treason.

unspecified42
by Bronze Member on Mar. 25, 2013 at 4:55 PM
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Me, too. And most of the people I know (who are upstanding, successful adults). Mandatory minimum sentencing is absolutely ridiculous. I can't see ruining someone's life and future over a joint.
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by Platinum Member on Mar. 25, 2013 at 4:59 PM



Quoting soonergirl980:

I saw that interview and he is right and come one you can add Clinton to that I don't think anyone truly buys the "I didn't inhale" which wouldn't matter anyway sense smoking it isn't illegal its the possession of it.

Haha. Yeah.


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If they enforced bank regulations like they do park rules, we wouldn't be in this mess

gludwig2000
by Gina on Mar. 25, 2013 at 5:00 PM

 Aw shit, I can't believe it, but I actually agree with some of his statements.

soonergirl980
by Silver Member on Mar. 25, 2013 at 5:11 PM
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I'm for completely decriminalizing pot anyway. It shouldn't be any more illegal than cigarettes or alcohol.

Healthystart30
by Silver Member on Mar. 25, 2013 at 5:13 PM
I agree with him 100% especially about poor kids being more likely to get arrested.
.Bubbles.
by Silver Member on Mar. 25, 2013 at 5:13 PM
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I can't believe it... I agree with Rand Paul on something.
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by HRH of MJ on Mar. 25, 2013 at 5:19 PM
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I agree with him, for the most part. The comment about mj making people less productive is just a stereotype.

The drug war is a huge waste of resources and isn't stopping many, time to change our approach.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Mar. 25, 2013 at 5:24 PM
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Quoting Friday:

I agree with him, for the most part. The comment about mj making people less productive is just a stereotype.

The drug war is a huge waste of resources and isn't stopping many, time to change our approach.

I completely agree. Not only is the Drug war a huge waste. But opposite of wasting so much money on it we can be making money from the legalization of it.


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