The recreational use of marijuana is legal in two states and voters in two more plus the District of Columbia have approved measures to join them. Paul told a group of law students at Northern Kentucky University last month he would not support lifting the federal ban on marijuana use, but said he did not want the federal government to try and overturn state laws that have made the drug legal.

Paul told WHAS he has focused on reducing criminal penalties for some nonviolent drug offenses, which he said have been administered unfairly and disproportionally impact the nation’s minorities.

He noted that the past three presidents “either admitted or skirted around the issue” of using illegal drugs in their youth.