Ron Paul, Republican party presidential candidate, appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on Friday and gave his though on the medical marijuana. The statement he said made more sense than any other politicians speech’s and also drew some cheers.
Paul has not made any secrets throughout his campaign about his views on legalizing marijuana. He has openly discussed his support for medical marijuana, while insisting that regulations should be set by the states–not the federal government. He re-emphasized all of this with Jay Leno the other night which had people standing up and cheering.
Paul said, “The role of the federal government is to protect our liberties. That means they should protect our religious liberties to do what we want; our intellectual liberty, but it also should protect our right to do to our body what we want, you know, what we take into our bodies.”
Leno asked if that meant the right to do things “even it it’s harmful”, to which Paul agreed, saying that the government can’t protect us from ourselves and doing so would mean the government would be totally out of control. It’s nice to hear a politician who respects our choices and the right to decide for ourselves what we want to do to our bodies. And he’s right, the government really has no place in that decision.