Rand Paul advocates for less draconian drug policy (and Chris Wallace gets it):
Paul is wrong about pot. Sure, it can undermine productivity – but no more than video games or a hangover. Responsible recreational use – always outside the workplace – is, in my view, a clearly positive thing for the society as a whole, for its creativity and sanity, especially as the virtual cult of ADD contemporaneity threatens to swallow us all. Riggs sees Paul as part of a larger movement on the right:
If you compare Paul only to his colleagues in the Senate, yes, he sounds like a pioneer. But if you broaden the comparison to include Republicans outside the Senate, Paul is coming late to this way of thinking. Former drug warriors Newt Gingrich, Ed Meese, Asa Hutchinson, and Bill Bennett have all come out against incarcerating low-level nonviolent drug offenders. Republican Governors Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota, Nathan Deal of Georgia, Chris Christie of New Jersey, and John Kasich of Ohio have not only come out against imprisoning low-level, nonviolent drug offenders, they’ve signed legislation that diverts more of those offenders from prison into community supervision programs.
Ian Millhiser of Think Progress worries that Paul will will outflank Democrats on this issue. I sure hope so. It’s about time the right began to get ahead of the left with the next generation – on a question of core individual liberty and absurd, cruel abuse of our incarceration system.