Mar 252013
 March 25, 2013

Republican leader says, “a lot of poor kids… don’t get lucky. They  don’t have good attorneys. They go to jail for these things.”

Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has introduced legislation with Democrat Patrick Leahy of Virginia to minimize mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent marijuana possessions and today opined that past presidents that have admitted smoking marijuana “got lucky.”

“The last two presidents could conceivably been put in jail for their drug use… It would have ruined their lives. They got lucky.” His comments were made on the “Fox News Sunday” show and were accompanied by a standard anti-drug use statement: “I don’t want to encourage people to do it.”

Paul’s statements about marijuana use and removing harsh mandatory minimum penalties were accompanied by standard drug war generalizations that somewhat watered down the pro-marijuana stance he seemed to have taken.

“I don’t want to encourage people to do it. I think even marijuana is a bad thing to do… 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 20′s, 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.”

Paul supports reducing penalties for non-violent marijuana users convicted of crimes. Why? For political advantage, of course. Later in this interview Paul reveals his motivation: “…someone like myself, I think, could appeal to young people, independents and moderates, because, many of them do think it is a mistake to put people in jail for marijuana use and throw away the key.”

Paul and Leahy introduced Senate Bill 691, the Justice Safety Valve Act of 2013, to allow the use of a ‘safety valve’ clause to empower judges to issue a more lenient sentence in a greater number of federal drug cases. Currently the safety valve is applicable in 25% of those federal cases; mandatory minimums require lengthy sentences for non-violent, and sometimes inadvertent, marijuana offenses.

Federal cases in Michigan have put citizens who were abiding by medical marijuana laws in the cross hairs of federal agents who ignore those state regulations. Federal prison populations have grown 55% since 2000 and spending on federal prisons account for nearly one-quarter the entire Justice Department budget.

read more about The Compassion Chronicles and editor Rick Thompson in an article from “USA Today”:

www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/22/expo-to-educate-about-medical-marijuana/2011777/

Source: The Compassion Chronicles

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About Rick Thompson

"Rick Thompson was the Editor in Chief for the entire 2-year run of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Magazine, was the spokesman for the Michigan Association of Compassion Centers and is the current Editor and Lead Blogger for The Compassion Chronicles. Rick has addressed committees in both the House and Senate, has authored over 200 articles on marijuana and is a professional photographer."Rick Thompson Is An Author At The Compassion Chronicles and focuses on all things Michigan.
  • Ahnlaashock

    I had high hopes for Rand Paul, and from his past statements, I thought he supported legalization. When I read these words, and found Kevin Sabet’s words coming out of his mouth, pissing on everything he has supported in the past and all his pretty words about individual liberty or the Constitution, defining himself as one of those that supports the longest most damaging war our nation has ever suffered being continued, I realized he is just another politician that will say whatever he thinks he needs to say to further his own career.

    I thought Rand possessed the grace to stand and do the People’s business, even at cost to himself. I was encouraged by seeing a politician that was there to represent the People. He stands revealed as someone who supports attacking and consuming people’s lives to support racism, fear, personal prejudice, propaganda, and corporate profit. What a disappointment!

    • hereiis

      I AGREE WITH ALL HE SAID IN THE END IT WILL BE UP TO THE STATES ! JUST SO U KNOW MAYBE U SHOILD MOVE TO CO. OR WA. STATE ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002562434494 Joshua Barrett

    “and they quit doing things like this”
    and start drinking right? what utter bullshit

  • http://twitter.com/777isJESUS Dennis Pielack

    Rand Paul is not his father.

  • stellarvoyager

    If Rand Paul thinks that marijuana legalization should be left to the states, he can at any time introduce legislation to repeal federal marijuana prohibition. Yet no such legislation is forthcoming in the Senate. We are waiting, Senator Paul. Talk is cheap. We want action.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pamela.k.calhoun Pamela Kaye Burrow

    tell ya what i would rather meet someone driving down the highway any time using mararijuana than someone driving and drinking wouldnt you ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/pamela.k.calhoun Pamela Kaye Burrow

    alchol should be made illegal

  • moldy

    What else could he say? If someone makes a mistake? lol I make a mistake every day Rand, should I go to treatment? POS just pandering since he knows what his dad knew. Marijuana is popular and most people now know it’s an unjust law.

  • Brian

    Patrick Leahy is from Vermont, not Virginia

  • http://twitter.com/handyman96792 Glenn Simcox

    We don’t need these worthless fn legislators. Instead, be a juror and exercise your right to refuse to convict citizens who have done no harm to others. Jury nullification is the most powerful tool we have, learn more at fija.org