Rand Paul: “The Last Two Presidents Could Have Been Put Into Jail For Their Drug Use”

Rand Paul: The Last Two Presidents Could Have Been Put in Jail for Their Drug Use

Jeff Poor | Daily Caller | March 24, 2013
On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul said punishments for marijuana-related crimes should be reduced, citing President Barack Obama’s reported drug use as a reason to look past certain minor indiscretions.

“The main thing I’ve said is not to legalize them, but not to incarcerate people for extended periods of times,” Paul said. “I’m working with Sen. [Patrick] Leahy — we have a bill on mandatory minimums. There are people in jail for 37, 50, 45 years for nonviolent crimes. That is a huge mistake. Our prisons are full of nonviolent criminals.”

“The last two presidents could conceivably have been put in jail for their drug use, and I really think — look what would have happened,” he continued. “It would have ruined their lives. They got lucky but, 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 is a big mistake.”

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