It’s a touchy subject, to be sure…
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday that he’s for the decriminalization of marijuana use — not legalization, but the softening of punishment for marijuana users in the border state.
Perry made the comment during an international panel on drug legalization while speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
His spokesman confirmed that Perry is staunchly opposed to legalization of marijuana because of medical issues, but is committed to policies to lower the punishment for its use in order to keep smokers out of jail.
…but I can’t say that I approve of a system that seems designed to take people who have committed a small crime (pot possession) and put them somewhere where they can get intensive training on how to commit large crimes. And let’s be blunt, if you pardon the pun: how much time in jail you get for pot use is going to be dependent on everything from your socioeconomic status to how touchy the cop was that day. I hate to credit HuffPo with anything, but they’re right when it notes we arrest more people for pot possession than we do for violent crimes. Not trafficking: possession. Nobody asked me, I know… but I kind of resent our spending time and money going after stuff that I consider to be less urgent than other stuff.
All right, soapbox is no longer in use: besides, maybe I’m wrong. But notice that Perry’s taking a coherent position on the subject. Barack Obama’s recent remarks seems to be largely focused on the goal of extruding as much ink as possible without committing to anything.
Like he does.