The first Republican to legalize marijuana will be “virtually unbeatable“, said Rand Paul’s former campaign manager, David Adams.
While it might be a tough sell to Republicans with only 39% support according to a Gallup poll from last fall, Rand Paul is moving forward to legalize marijuana. It might not be for recreational use yet but he has shown concrete support for medical marijuana with the introduction of the Carers Act in March alongside Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand.
It’s a bill that has caught the interest of President Obama, according to The Guardian:
Asked about the bill by CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta, the president said: “You know, I think I’d have to take a look at the details.
But he added: “I’m on record as saying that not only do I think carefully prescribed medical use of marijuana may in fact be appropriate and we should follow the science as opposed to ideology on this issue, but I’m also on record as saying that the more we treat some of these issues related to drug abuse from a public health model and not just from an incarceration model, the better off we’re going to be.”
Paul’s views towards marijuana policy could very well make him our “first green president”.
Aaron Houston, a Washington lobbyist and longtime advocate for the reform of marijuana laws, said Monday that Paul had been “incredibly effective” in raising the issue, and that the senator had been savvy to “recognize the political power of marijuana.”
“It’s a wise position for him to highlight because it’s actually the position of the majority of voters in every swing state except for one,” Houston said. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
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