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Reagan-appointed Judge Richard Posner supports marijuana legalization, and sees overgrown drug laws

Sep 13, 2012 Reagan-appointed Judge Richard Posner supports marijuana legalization, and sees overgrown drug laws

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Thanks to Seventh Circuit Reagan-appointed appellate Judge Richard Posner for publicly supporting marijuana legalization.

At minute 54 in this YouTube video from September 6, 2012, Judge Posner says:

‘I don’t think we should have a fraction of the drug laws that we have. I think it’s really absurd to be criminalizing possession or use or distribution of marijuana… I can’t see any difference between that and cigarettes.’”

In his speech at Elmhurst College, Judge Posner also wonders whether cocaine is as dangerous as many think. He says LSD is dangerous, but is skeptical about whether it makes people jump out windows. Further on the use of all drugs, Judge Posner says:

‘But also I’m skeptical about the other drug laws… The notion of using the criminal law as the primary means of dealing with a problem of addiction, of misuse, of ingesting dangerous drugs – I don’t think that’s sensible at all.’”

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