Possibly positioning himself for another attempt at the White House, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday that he believes states should be allowed to legalize marijuana and that, as governor, he has helped move Texas in the direction of decriminalizing marijuana.
"I am a staunch promoter of the 10th Amendment," Perry said, reports US News and World Report. "States should be able to set their own policies on abortion, same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization, then people will decide where they want to live.'"
"On marijuana legalization," Perry said twice, "States should be allowed to make those decisions."
According to a report by the Austin American-Statesman, Perry said:
"[A]fter 40 years of the war on drugs, I can’t change what happened in the past," Perry said, reports the Austin American-Statesman. "What I can do as the governor of the second largest state in the nation is to implement policies that start us toward a decriminalization and keeps people from going to prison and destroying their lives, and that’s what we’ve done over the last decade."
"We applaud Gov. Perry for standing up in support of states' rights to regulate the cultivation and sale of marijuana for adult use," said Chris Lindsey, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). "Our marijuana prohibition policies have failed, and it is time to adopt a more sensible policy.