4. He has pledged to bring an end to the failed “War on Drugs.”
For decades, the US has spent billions of dollars prosecuting and incarcerating drug offenders, ruining lives and wasting valuable resources in the process. Rand Paul thinks that it’s about time for a change to the policies laid out by President Nixon and President Reagan, which seem to include simply jailing drug users without thought for the larger repercussions. In March, Senator Paul joined with Senate Democrats Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to introduce the CARERS Act, which would legalize medical marijuana on the federal level and “reschedule” marijuana from a Schedule I drug to Schedule II, thereby allowing for more research into possible medical benefits.