Rand Paul: 'War on Drugs Has Had a Racial Outcome’

By Eric Scheiner | September 17, 2015 | 9:48am EDT
Sen. Ran Paul (R-Ky.) on stage during the CNN debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday.

(CNSNews.com) - Presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was critical of America’s war on drugs telling the audience at the GOP debate that, “the war on drugs has had a racial outcome.”

During Wednesday’s debate at the Ronald Reagan National Library and Museum, Paul was asked about Gov. Chris Christie’s (R-N.J.) comments about enforcing the federal laws against marijuana on states that have legalized use of the drug.

“There is at least one prominent example on the stage of someone who says they smoked pot in high school, and yet the people going to — to jail for this are poor people, often African-Americans and often Hispanics, and yet the rich kids who use drugs aren’t,” Paul said.

“But the bottom line is the states. We say we like the 10th Amendment, until we start talking about this. And I think the federal government has gone too far, I think that the war on drugs has had a racial outcome, and really has been something that has really damaged our inner cities.”

Paul continued, “So I don’t think that the federal government should override the states. I believe in the 10th Amendment and I really will say that the states are left to themselves.”

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