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    I didn't knock either of them for what they did when they were young, a lot of people 'try'
    pot and may even do it for awhile when they're young...and then they grow up, finish
    school, and get a real job, as most compamies, even minimum wage, do random drug testing. I think once you become a certain age and want to be employable, it's time to
    stop the pot/ drugs and move along with your life, ie., career, marriage, family, the 'grown-up' things. Just my opinion...
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    Mine as well, but there is a catch. Some don't get the chance to do those things as they get caught up with party on, etc, and then caught. Employers are the only ones who should have an interest in whether anyone is under the influence, really not my business, the courts, or Capitol Hill.
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    it's time to
    stop the alcohol and move along with your life, ie., career, marriage, family, the 'grown-up' things. Just my opinion...
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    There was a time when my drugs of choice, coffee and chocolate, were controlled substances. I'm pretty sure that the main reason they are legal while pot is not is that pot smokers were too lazy to defend their rights.

    Is laziness a good enough reason, from a social engineering perspective, to keep pot criminalized? No, because eventually, pot smokers run out of Doritos, get off the couch, and get a job. Even Big Government should go along with decriminalizing marijuana and pardoning those in jail for it.
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    Rand Paul is an interesting, complex man. On the one hand, he makes many statements such as this one that are just common sense IMO. On the other hand, he sometimes sounds like a bit of a nut bag, like going on and on about drone strikes on U.S. citizens here on U.S. soil. I did admire that he delivered that filibuster himself, the old fashioned way.
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    I think fundamentally he is a common sense kind of guy. But to be involved in politics requires a certain amount of insanity. Sometimes it's a fine line his dad is a little too eccentric for me. I'm hoping Rand turns out to be what we need.
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    Why do you consider him a nutjob for trying to bring to light the fact that the administration had asked for permission to use drones to kill citizens on US soil? That sounds like one of the few things that has been discussed in the Senate lately that was actually worth talking about.

    He certainly is more interesting than most politicians, simply because he doesn't fit the mold of any party platform, but tends to think more for himself instead of being bullied or bought into submission. If he'd only not cater to the religious fanatics on certain things, he'd be even better.
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    @ZombieMedic - Agreed. My biggest problem with Rand Paul is his unreasonable and uncompromising stance on abortion, which is dictated by his allegiance to the Christian fundamentalist community.
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    @Denizen_Kate Yeah, me also. I don't agree with abortions, except in certain medically necessary situtations, but I don't agree with government dictating or banning it either. It's a personal decision, just like all moral issues are.

    The religious fanatics are the one hurting the Republicans more than anything, as younger people are becoming more secular it seems, and don't like being told what to think or do by the churches. I just wish more youth would have that same attitude towards politicians as well, but they seem to make politics their religion instead. Ironic.
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    @Denizen_Kate I happen to agree with him on abortion. But wouldn't agree it's better to stand solidly for what he believes than waffling around trying to make everyone happy? I can't help how I feel about abortion and it not a religious thing I just don't think it's right. I get the argument about the government not telling me what I can do with my body. I just feel its not right to keep a baby from being born.
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    The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Like his Father Rand come out with something that pleases the public, follows it up with utter lunatic fringe stuff and then returns quickly with some of the most common sense you'll ever hear. Those Pauls are almost wired right but boy when they go off they go ape don't they?
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    @EzraBlade I liked his father but I don't ever for get for a minute that they are Pauls. They are not rowing with both oars at all times.
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    @jessejaymes - I will say the cogs slip but find their place very quickly. They take the constitution almost to literal. I believe the fathers wanted us to use our greatest discretion when interpreting. He takes it to the extreme sometime.
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    Maybe republicans are going to take a page from Clinton AND Obama's playbooks. Both used the marijuana issue to garner the "youth vote" by making it seem like they would back a relaxation of the laws. And BOTH of them did the exact opposite once elected. Republicans can promise to legalize pot, they don't have to actually DO it. Democrats sure didn't.
    Grobbbbbbbbbb
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    Go back to the start, Harrison, 1914. "They're wasting their lives away" was his argument, logic, and reasoning, and what got it started was an old woman in Chicago sitting on her porch ingesting something that was in reality "none of his business." The wasted live is a prison sentence and that time cannot be given back. That should be the crime. But to legalize, there are too many really dangerous drugs. Decriminalize, court ordered rehab for addiction, and court ordered seek and find jobs for the lazy who get section 8 and food stamps and supplement taxpayer handouts with drugs, pot included.
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    I do agree...BUT he said that smoking pot is a mistake, a bad thing to do, and that it takes away your incentive to work.... um excuse me mr paul... but i am a HUGE pothead still at almost 24, im engaged with a baby on the way.... AND I HAVE WORKED 25 HOURS IN THE PAST 2 DAYS! what is he talking about? Doing somthing that i feel improves my quality of life and my outlook on life IS NOT a "mistake"....he is correct that people shouldnt be jailed for weed.... but we shouldnt be made to feel we are doing somthing wrong because we enjoy the effects of a plant either.
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    @Food4thoughts I dread the trip. I just want to lay here and enjoy this day. I am feeling lazy. I had a little too much fun last night lol.
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    @EzraBlade - I find that a hit or two actually helps me focus on that "mountain of paperwork" better, but maybe that's just me. Sure, I'd rather be doing something else, but if it makes getting the task done a little less unpleasant, what's the harm?
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    @Denizen_Kate yeah you are right. I'm just looking for an excuse to stay here. I think it's the hangover not the weed that's doing it today.
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    Yeah ... making exceptions for people who break the law is what we do best in this country! God forbid we would have any accountability for our actions.
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    @Food4thoughts I beleive he was making a point on the inequity of the justice system. Rich kids who get caught get off, poor kids go to jail is probably what he was trying to say.
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    Clinton would have been too. "Not inhaling" is a ridiculous defense and as a lawyer he knows that. But if Clinton wasn't jailed for committing Perjury, a felony, chances are that he wouldn't have been jailed for smoking Marihuana (a misdemeanor). Heck, he got away with even evading the draft with absolutely no injury to his "political viability".
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    Heck there is far worse things they have done and still doing they could be jailed for but they/he is not. I guess a blowjob and a cigar is far worse than treason or violation of oath of office now a days in D.C.
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