Former President Jimmy Carter stated in an interview with CNN he favored the legalization of marijuana. When Carter was president, he called for the decriminalization of marijuana in 1979. Voters in both Washington and Colorado approved ballot initiatives last month legalizing and taxing marijuana. The governors in those states have signed both measures into law, but marijuana reform advocates remain concerned that federal law, which still considers the substance illegal under the Controlled Substances Act, could lead to complications if federal authorities decide to continue with frequent raids of dispensaries and other marijuana-related operations.
Carter suggested that we look to Europe as an example: “All drugs were decriminalized in Portugal a few years ago and the use of drugs has gone down dramatically and nobody has been put in prison.”