"Let's just say I wasn't a choir boy when I was in college and that I can recognize that kids make mistakes, and I can say that I made mistakes when I was a kid." –WHAS, December 2014
In November 2014, Rand Paul said, "I'm not for having the federal government get involved," adding that while he hadn't "really taken a stand" on marijuana legalization as a policy, he's "against the federal government telling [states] they can't."
At the second GOP debate, Paul went off on marijuana legalization as a states' rights issue, and even called out other candidates for supporting the criminalization of a drug they've admitted to doing without consequence. "I think one of the great problems, and what American people don't like about politics, is hypocrisy," he said, side-eyeing Jeb Bush and other former stoners on the stage. "People have one standard for others and not for them — for themselves."
"We say we like the 10th Amendment, until we start talking about this," Paul continued. "And I think the federal government has gone too far."
"I don't think that the federal government should override the states. I believe in the 10th Amendment, and I really will say that the states are left to themselves," Paul said, driving home his point.