Former Rep. Ron Paul said the conviction of Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) on a drug charge highlights the need to reform America’s “broken” drug laws.
Paul was commenting in a short video on the Ron Paul Channel, his subscription-based media venture that seeks to promote libertarianism.
He criticized what he called the government’s practice of “entrapment” to catch drug purchasers by posing as sellers. Paul said the government ought not have a “license to lie,” and said such operations induce lawbreaking by members of the public.
Radel purchased cocaine from an undercover cop in a sting operation.
In a “free society” without drug laws, Paul said, politicians who developed an addiction to drugs would be judged by voters rather than a court of law.
“If a member [of Congress] is found with alcohol, drinks too much or uses drugs too much, which is the same thing … who would decide whether he’s guilty of something? The voters,” Paul said. “It would be handled completely differently.”