Saturday, March 15, 2014

Rand Paul Backs Bill That Could Lead to Crack Down on States Where Voters Legalized Marijuana

Raw Story reports:
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has thrown his support behind legislation that Republicans could use to force President Barack Obama to crack down on legal marijuana in states like Colorado and Washington.

Speaking to Fox News on Thursday, the libertarian-leaning senator said he supported the Enforce the Law Act, which has been approved by the House. The legislation would allow Congress to sue the president for failing to faithfully execute laws.

Paul said that Obama appeared to be “writing his own laws whenever he feels like it.”

“He also does need to enforce the law. We write laws and he is just deciding willy-nilly if he likes it he enforces it, if he doesn’t, he won’t enforce it, and we really think he needs to be chastened, rebuked, and told that he needs to obey the constitution,” he added.

Republicans have championed the bill as a way to make President Barack Obama enforce immigration and health care laws, and prevent the executive branch from overstretching its regulatory authority.

But a committee report submitted by a co-sponsor of the bill suggested Republicans would also use the law to try to force Obama to crack down on marijuana in states that have legalized its possession and sale.

Note: I doubt Rand wants to see a crackdown on states that have legalized marijuana, but Rand's support of this legislation is another example of Rand not fully understanding the consequences of statements he makes and proposals he favors. It brings to mind Rand's comments on Milton Friedman SEE: Rand Paul Is Embarrassing the Austrian School of Economics and his confused comments about Ronald Reagan. SEE: Rand Paul versus Murray Rothbard on Ronald Reagan and Rand Paul's Latest Disheartening Piece.

When Rand talks, it is all about mixed messages and mixed policy positions.