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Rand Paul Has Led the Way on Cannabis Reforms

By Elias J. Atienza

Rand Paul, in his Ask me Anything session on Reddit, Senator Rand Paul gave his strongest backing of cannabis since he introduced the CARERS Act of 2015.

When asked by a Reddit user about which ways he would help legalize cannabis, Rand Paul responded that,”I would remove prohibition of cannabis from federal law and give authority back to the states to decide.” He also reminded everyone of his backing of the Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015, which would allow marijuana businesses in legalized states to do businesses with banks without fear of federal regulators.

This also falls in line with what Rand Paul told Trevor Noah on The Daily Show, when he said that cannabis shouldn’t be illegal “federally.”

Paul’s CARERS Act, introduced into the Senate last year, would prevent the federal government from prosecuting medical marijuana users in states where it is already legal. Rand signaled on Twitter that he would sign an executive order rescheduling medical marijuana.

Rand Paul has an A- rating from the Marijuana Policy Project, the highest of any 2016 presidential candidate.

About The Author

Elias J. Atienza

Elias J. Atienza is a budding writer and journalist. He is currently majoring in history at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and serves as an Associate Editor for the Libertarian Republic and a campus correspondent for Campus Reform. He is also a contributor to TheBlaze, IJ Review, and his campus newspaper Mustang News. Elias's articles have been referenced by Reason, the Resurgent, Glenn Beck and Inquistr. Follow him on Twitter @elias_atienza

One Response

  1. kahlil88

    “Rand Paul has an A- rating from the Marijuana Policy Project, the highest of any 2016 presidential candidate.”
    SECOND highest, as Bernie Sanders has a solid “A”. But maybe Rand has a better position on the drug war overall?