Paul’s Popularity

Not as though we needed another reason to love Rand Paul but he just keeps getting better. Yesterday, Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY),  introduced “what advocates are calling a first of its kind bill on Tuesday, that would end the federal ban on medical marijuana,” according to Rare.

According to a joint statement by the Senators, the bill would allow “new bipartisan legislation to allow patients, doctors and businesses in states that have already passed medical marijuana laws to participate in those programs without fear of federal prosecution,” reports Rare.

In addition, the bill would allow, “downgrading its status with the Drug Enforcement Agency from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2, allowing doctors to recommend its use in some cases to veterans, expanding access to researchers and making it easier for banks to provide services to the industry…The bill will also “make overdue reforms to ensure patients – including veterans receiving care from VA facilities in states with medical marijuana programs – access the care they need” reports the Washington Post.

“This bipartisan legislation allows states to set their own medical marijuana policies and ends the criminalization of patients, their families, and the caregivers and dispensary owners and employees who provide them their medicine,” Michael Collins policy manager for The Drug Policy Alliance tells Rare.

Paul’s support of this bill is not surprising considering his libertarian leanings. However, while Paul’s supports this legislation his personal beliefs differ. That is the beauty of libertarianism. It just doesn’t make sense to legislate someone’s personal life, so long as it is not interfering with or causing harm to others.rand-paul-ted-cruz

That is especially true in this particular piece of legislation which addresses medical marijuana not recreational use. This drug is being used to help people recover from illness. How could anyone be against that? Not only does it not make sense to legislate every detail of someone’s personal life, but it makes even less sense to not legalize a drug which can be utilized for medicinal purposes when there is clearly a need for it.

In addition American’s are becoming increasingly in favor of legalizing marijuana. Support for legalization of marijuana has been on the rise since 1990. In 1990, 16% of Americans were in favor of legalizing marijuana. In 2014, it was at 52 % in favor of legalization according to the Washington Post.

Perhaps these numbers should tell us something about the favorability of Rand Paul as 2016 potential GOP presidential candidate. Perhaps this should tell us something about why Paul was one the CPAC Straw Poll three years straight, which was only achieved one other time by Ronald Regan.

Paul is clearly listening to the American people and hearing their voice on where they stand on the issues. Despite Paul’s personal beliefs on this issue, he has clearly believes that these laws should be decided at the state level and not the federal level, as is indicated in the Tenth Amendment.  This is exactly why Rand Paul is so favorable amongst the American people.

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