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Rand Paul Upsets Marijuana Activists by Saying the Drug Is 'Not Healthy'

Ahead of his Thursday visit to Nevada, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., reiterated his personal opposition to marijuana use. Pro-pot activists say Paul is spreading misinformation about the drug.

"I personally think that marijuana use is not healthy," Paul told the Las Vegas Sun in an interview published Wednesday. "People that use it chronically have a loss of IQ and a loss of ambition, but at the same time states have the right to make these decisions."

Marijuana activists tell U.S. News that Paul's claims about ambition, health and IQ are wrong.


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No different than Ron

who is opposed to abortion and gay marriage personally, but feels that they are not federal issues. It's important to know that personal beliefs do not trump the rule of law.


I don't like any of those opinions, but support both men for taking the correct stand in-spite of their disappointing personal opinions.

This is how you make peace people. Peace means tolerance, and this leads to understanding. You just can't convince everyone right away.

great points!

great points!

Another Perspective

If In a way, saying that marijuana is not healthy but still pushing to legalize/decriminalize it is a stronger position in the bigger perspective of the war on drugs. He's not saying that it should be legal because it's healthy, but because criminalizing it is not the best way to deal with it. In turn, this allows the same logic to be applied to other drugs like cocaine, heroin, etc. I don't know, but I'm guessing not all these other drugs are as healthy for you as pot, but using his logic, that's not the point. The point is that criminalizing them is not the solution.

So, if your goal is to sing the praises of marijuana, then go ahead and be upset. However, if your goal is to end the war on drugs then you should be thanking and not criticizing Sen. Paul.

^ This ^

Eric Hoffer

I have never smoked marijuana or . . .

wanted to smoke it, but I am aware of research that claims that the 'tincture' (in the case of some illnesses) can be highly medicinal--

As a person who has never smoked marijuana I can tell you that 90% of the Americans I know disapprove of the smoking of marijuana and don't care about the people languishing in jail/prison who have used it--

In other words, the propagandists in the early 1900s did a very good job--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

not a big deal

#1 Rand still believes it should be legal or at least a states decision.

That still makes him one of the only senators in history to feel that way. Nothing has been lost.

I am a marijuana advocate. The only harm comes from smoking it and exposing your lungs to tar. Putting smoke in your lungs is not healthy. Rand is correct there. But you can vaporize or eat it without the tar.

However, advocates know marijuana smoke dilates the lungs instead of contracts and the University of Michigan published that not one person with lung cancer who smoked marijuana was cigarette free. No documented person who only smoked marijuana got cancer. (I can only find a CAL study link at the moment)

Recent studies say marijuana helps repair the brain and keep it young, not harming IQ.

Rand is wrong there, but really not that big of a deal. Rand is a Republican, a party of social conservatives. He doesn't need to be a cheerleader for the positive side of marijuana. The fact that he is against the federal prohibition of marijuana in itself is amazing.

Raw, juiced cannabis has max health benefits, with no high!

I'm still waiting for this understanding to break through the smoke over the health aspects of this raw plant juice that has great scientific support, even though few advocates on the pro-medicinal side of the discussion even know about it.

Dr William Courtney condenses his research into a great 15 min. documentary called, "Leaf". Check it out, unless you WANT to stay stuck in the current pro/anti paradigm. It's posted on his website: http://www.cannabisinternational.org/

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass

He's an MD right? But he said

He's an MD right? But he said something like that? Hahahaha what a lowlife

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good things is my religion. Thomas Paine, Godfather of the American Revolution

Yeah! How dare an MD oppose smoking weed!

There is literally nothing negative about it! It cures cancerand solves all of life's problems! Only a dunbass lowlofe would criticize any aspect of habitual marijuana smoking!!!!

what planet do you live on,

what planet do you live on, no need to smoke it . Rand is being dishonest and deceitful.

Ron Paul 2016

beyond upset. I will not be

beyond upset. I will not be wasting my time in the gop this election. I was a delegate in 2008/2012 NO MORE!!!

ok so rand paul is trying to lose a general election. There is no way Rand Paul can win a general election without COLORADO PERIOD. It is a swing state and has a majority voter block for marijuana(personal/medical) over the last 10-20 years, not to mention 58% narionally support this.

If he thinks demeaning marijuana smokers and lying about marijuanais going to win him Colorado? Then he and the gop has already lost!!!!!

wtf rand paul stfu please jesus

Ron Paul 2016

Little girl

Drinking soda isn't good for you either, but let's all hope that he doesn't "demean" soda drinkers. Are you seriously upset that he was honest? Smoking pot isn't good for you but that's your choice.

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."

yeah smoking pot "isn't good for you"

1. Cancer
Cannabinoids, the active components of marijuana, inhibit tumor growth in laboratory animals and also kill cancer cells. Western governments have known this for a long time yet they continued to suppress the information so that cannabis prohibition and the profits generated by the drug industry proliferated.

THC that targets cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 is similar in function to endocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids that are naturally produced in the body and activate these receptors. The researchers suggest that THC or other designer agents that activate these receptors might be used in a targeted fashion to treat lung cancer.

2. Tourette’s Syndrome
Tourette’s syndrome is a neurological condition characterized by uncontrollable facial grimaces, tics, and involuntary grunts, snorts and shouts.

Dr. Kirsten Mueller-Vahl of the Hanover Medical College in Germany led a team that investigated the effects of chemicals called cannabinols in 12 adult Tourette’s patients. A single dose of the cannabinol produced a significant reduction in symptoms for several hours compared to placebo, the researchers reported.

3. Seizures
Marijuana is a muscle relaxant and has “antispasmodic” qualities that have proven to be a very effective treatment for seizures. There are actually countless cases of people suffering from seizures that have only been able to function better through the use of marijuana.

4. Migraines
Since medicinal marijuana was legalized in California, doctors have reported that they have been able to treat more than 300,000 cases of migraines that conventional medicine couldn’t through marijuana.

5. Glaucoma
Marijuana’s treatment of glaucoma has been one of the best documented. There isn’t a single valid study that exists that disproves marijuana’s very powerful and popular effects on glaucoma patients.

6. Multiple Sclerosis
Marijuana’s effects on multiple sclerosis patients became better documented when former talk-show host, Montel Williams began to use pot to treat his MS. Marijuana works to stop the neurological effects and muscle spasms that come from the fatal disease.

7. ADD and ADHD
A well documented USC study done about a year ago showed that marijuana is not only a perfect alternative for Ritalin but treats the disorder without any of the negative side effects of the pharmaceutical.

8. IBS and Crohn’s
Marijuana has shown that it can help with symptoms of the chronic diseases as it stops nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

9. Alzheimer’s
Despite what you may have heard about marijuana’s effects on the brain, the Scripps Institute, in 2006, proved that the THC found in marijuana works to prevent Alzheimer’s by blocking the deposits in the brain that cause the disease.

10. Premenstrual Syndrome
Just like marijuana is used to treat IBS, it can be used to treat the cramps and discomfort that causes PMS symptoms. Using marijuana for PMS actually goes all the way back to Queen Victoria.

Mounting Evidence Suggests Raw Cannabis is Best

Read more: http://www.trueactivist.com/still-believe-nature-got-it-wron...

Why don't you actually look for evidence to support your claim much like I have. If you haven't researched it and are not educated on the subject you shouldn't boisterously voice your opinion, because that is all it is, an OPINION!!

smoking pot is not good for

smoking pot is not good for you is not true. I have better lungs then non marijuana smokers or non-smokers! This is not the only time rand paul has said wrong info or tried to marginalize/demean the very voter base he needs to win in colorado. comparing soda and marijuana is not even close.

The only danger of marijuana is folks like rand paul and the anti-marijuana folks repeating lies that rand paul repeats.

Ron Paul 2016

well i guess you better get

well i guess you better get another little girl to be a delegate for rand paul in my county bitch. Rand Paul is wrong and while he is climbing up the right wingers assholes he has lost this delegate. The more rand paul opens his mouth. The more i want to remove the r next to my name. good luck finding/funding someone to be a delegate in my county. you have establishment and neo-cons. I will not be a delegate for rand paul thanks to what rand paul says. I cannot trust someone who says something so crazy about marijuana.

you can all attack me all you want dper's but rand paul lost me as a delegate and now you all can replace me with establishment/neo-con delegates in my county. I am done with rand paul and the gop!! DONE!!! thank Rand Paul

ps we sure didn't change the colorado constitution 2 times listening to crap like rand paul says.

Ron Paul 2016


was a delegate too. And I really don't know what to say any more about this. I heard Rand talk differently before at older speeches. I really hope I am not being played. I like Rand but he is a 100 percent wrong by saying Marijuana is bad for you. That is all propaganda.


You apparently don't understand how this works.

Rand Paul said, "The states should decide."
Colorado said, "We don't want to throw people in jail for this."
Rand Paul said, "Cool, I don't think you should either. But I don't want to do marijuana and don't think other people really should."
Colorado said, "That's your opinion."
Rand Paul said, "Yep, just how I feel, you can do what you want though, it's not my job to force my ideas on you."

Basically sums it up.

Eric Hoffer

Chill out man he's by far the most weed friendly Congressman

He has to beat the other Republicans first. Most of my pothead friends don't even vote, let alone vote Republican.

Smoke a bone, relax, and watch the show.

republicans voted in colorado

republicans voted in colorado to legalize in my county as well as change county platform and this includes denver as well so if they want to lose gop support.

oo i will be watching but i will not be wasting my time with rand or being a delegate. This is not the first time rand has opened his mouth on this. I have had enough of rand paul. Rand Paul doesn't know when to shut the F%*k UP.

I have no time for his fence sitting. Anyone fence sitting in Colorado will be viewed as opposing Legal Marijuana no matter how much BS they try to say.

You are either for legal or not no BUTS. Buts will be taken as opposing Legal Marijuana in my eyes and many others in colorado.WE THE PEOPLE OF Colorado have no time for rands BULL S H I T!! We the People changed Our Constitution not these Bs politcians.

I am chill. I will be holding them accountable! sorry for any typos, worked overnight tired as crap. Rand and his statements are more dangerous then any side effect of marijuana

Ron Paul 2016


You are either for legal or not no BUTS.

Well in that case you must love Rand, because he's saying on a Federal basis it should be legal. Rand is saying it's up to the states.

Reading comprehension ftw.

Eric Hoffer

then he says bs like he just

then he says bs like he just did, so for someone for it . He sure knows how to muddy the water and bs! I care for neither.

I already know what he is for DUH, but when he says stuff like this. I do not trust him. I will not support or donate or be involved ewith folks i do not trust. I DO NOT TRUST RAND PAUL!

like i isad better to tell rand to stfu then try to sway me. Rand is blowing it in colorado no matter what fence you try to put rand on.

I cannot trust Rand Paul when he says bs like this and this is not the first time.
Eric Hoffer stfu. I know where rand stands on the fence and saying stupid stuff like he has the last few months trying to crawl up the right wings ass as a dingleberry. When rand paul says what he says. I CANNOT TRUST HIM, i suggest you move to my county and become a gop delegate or hope a neo-con/pro drug war will support him over establishment.

Ron Paul 2016


No. This is how politicians should be. Saying, "I'm not personally for it and don't really like it, but that shouldn't get in your way legally" is how ALL politicians should behave. Waters aren't muddied here at all.

I seriously think you need a nap man. Maybe a chill pill. Just because someone says they don't like what you do, but they're willing to fight for your right to do it, you shouldn't hate on them. That's just silly.

Eric Hoffer

my wifes life depends on it

my wifes life depends on it so it is not silly to me, but no worries feel free to be a delegate in my county. I wil not support Rand Paul done . I will support someone outside of the gop now. I would rather support principle over a suck up like rand paul. The apple fell far from the tree and is rotten. You would be better advised to tell Rand Paul to stfu on things he is clueless about.

Ron Paul 2016

So does

And so does my girlfriend's, she's a huge advocate for medical and personal marijuana use in the Ann Arbor MI area. She thinks everyone and their brother should smoke daily, and has lots of studies that show the benefits.

However, she still meets plenty of people who don't understand that, and works at education as opposed to being whiny and loud.

People aren't going to agree with everything you do, but if they're willing to let you do it and fight for your right to do so legally, you shouldn't throw such a fit.

Eric Hoffer

Then you should be for Rand Paul

If your wife's life depends on it then you need a person like Rand is for legalization. And by the way, Ron Paul says the same thing as his son.

Your are throwing the baby out with the bath water.

Do you

know how hard it is to try and make marijuana legal in my state of NJ.

It's a moot point. All medicines are poisons...

in different doses. Even aspirin can be harmful.

Guy's an optometrist. I'm sure he's heard of glaucoma. But as a physician he is also aware of affects on the respiratory system.

Conclusion: BFD.

Daily Paul cured my abibliophobia.

You mean the increased lung

You mean the increased lung function found in most cannabis users?


Surprising, I know (so is the reduced risk of obesity) :P

But yes, this isn't going to make me hate Rand, it's his personal opinion, it's not really relevant to his politics. Besides, he probably doesn't even really believe that, and just wants to come off as more palatable.


Hahhahahaha...OMG. ya dude breathing in smoke is just awesome for your lungs.

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."