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Rand Paul, Senate Torch-Bearer on Pot Reform, Wants Colleagues on Record

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is seeking to blaze a path for marijuana reform in the Senate with legislation that would officially legalize state medical marijuana programs and whittle away at federal drug possession penalties.

On Wednesday, the likely 2016 presidential candidate introduced an amendment to explicitly allow state medical marijuana regimes. On Thursday, he proposed a stand-alone bill that would lower federal penalties for repeat marijuana possession offenses and reform how law enforcement calculates the weight of drugs in baked goods.

“It is Rand Paul laying down his marker on this issue,” a senior Paul aide says of the medical marijuana amendment. The underlying bill, the “Bring Jobs Home Act,” is unlikely to become law, but Paul wants to force colleagues to reveal their position on medical use of the drug.


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