When asked whether he favored legalizing marijuana, former president Jimmy Carter made clear that he did.
“I’m in favor of it. I think it’s OK,” Carter said in response to a question from CNN anchor Suzanne Malveaux, according to Politico. “I don’t think it’s going to happen in Georgia yet, but I think we can watch and see what happens in the state of Washington for instance around Seattle and let the American government and let the American people see does it cause a serious problem or not.”
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.”
And the former president added, “So I think a few places around the world is good to experiment with and also just a few states in America are good to take the initiative and try something out. That’s the way our country has developed over the last 200 years. It’s about a few states being kind of experiment states. So on that basis I am in favor of it.”