Former President Jimmy Carter, speaking to a CNN panel, has remarked that he is in favor of legalizing marijuana.
Carter, while speaking on the topic of the recently passed initiatives in Washington and Colorado, said the legalization of marijuana was in the best interest of the country for those states to be allowed to proceed with the regulation of cannabis.
I’m in favor of it. I think it’s OK, I don’t think it’s going to happen in Georgia yet, but I think we can watch and see what happens in the state of Washington, for instance around Seattle, and let the American government and let the American people see does it cause a serious problem or not. So I think a few places around the world is good to experiment with and also just a few states in America are good to take the initiative and try something out. That’s the way our country has developed over the last 200 years. It’s about a few states being kind of experiment states. So on that basis I am in favor of it,” said Carter.
He further remarked that the ending of prohibition would lead to a dramatic increase in usage rates and cited the example of Portugal where all drugs were decriminalized a few years ago and the use of drugs has gone down dramatically and nobody has been put in prison.
Former President Bill Clinton recently expressed his own dissatisfaction with the war on drugs, saying the anti-drug effort “hasn’t worked.”