John Paul Stevens Thinks MJ Should Be Legalized

Apr 26, 2014

For­mer Supreme Court Jus­tice John Paul Stevens believes mar­i­juana should be legal­ized by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, pre­dict­ing that the pub­lic will soon decide pro­hibit­ing the sub­stance is “not worth the cost.” In a Thurs­day inter­view with NPR’s Scott Simon, the retired jus­tice was asked if he believes the drug should be legal at the fed­eral level. “Yes,” Stevens said. “I really think that that’s another instance of pub­lic opin­ion [that’s] changed. And rec­og­nize that the dis­tinc­tion between mar­i­juana and alco­holic bev­er­ages is really not much of a dis­tinc­tion. Alco­hol, the pro­hi­bi­tion against sell­ing and dis­pens­ing alco­holic bev­er­ages has I think been gen­er­ally, there’s a gen­eral con­sen­sus that it was not worth the cost. And I think really in time that will be the gen­eral con­sen­sus with respect to this par­tic­u­lar drug.” Click over to NPR for the full inter­view: http://​drugsense​.org/​u​r​l​/​m​j​t​m​u​HdP Recent polling has shown that most Amer­i­cans agree with Stevens. Last Octo­ber, a Gallup poll found that 58 per­cent of Amer­i­cans are in favor of legal­iza­tion, mark­ing the first time in the poll a clear major­ity has been in favor of legal pot. And in a Pew Research Cen­ter sur­vey released ear­lier this month, 75 per­cent of respon­dents said they believe legal­iza­tion is inevitable. “Jus­tice Stevens is right. Pub­lic opin­ion is shift­ing rapidly in favor of mar­i­juana legal­iza­tion,” Tom Angell, chair­man of Mar­i­juana Major­ity, said in a state­ment. “Polls now con­sis­tently show that a clear major­ity of the pub­lic sup­ports end­ing pro­hi­bi­tion and, as this trend con­tin­ues, we’ll start to see more promi­nent peo­ple and politi­cians say­ing it’s time to change the laws.” Stevens, who stepped down from the bench in 2010, is cur­rently pro­mot­ing his new book, Six Amend­ments, in which he details the changes he would make to the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion. Among his pro­pos­als are abol­ish­ing the death penalty, impos­ing stricter cam­paign finance reforms and chang­ing the Sec­ond Amend­ment to allow tougher gun con­trol laws. This post has been updated to include Angell’s state­ment. Source: Huff­in­g­ton Post (NY) Author: Mol­lie Reilly, The Huff­in­g­ton Post Pub­lished: April 24, 2014 Copy­right: 2014 Huff​in​g​ton​Post​.com, LLC Con­tact: scoop@​huffingtonpost.​com Web­site: http://​www​.huff​in​g​ton​post​.com/

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