Former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders Says to Legalize Pot

October 19th, 2010 - 8:46 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders Oct 19 (THAINDIAN NEWS) In a report from CNN the former Surgeon General of the United States, Joycelyn Elders shared her feelings on the legalization of marijuana, giving her support. The state of California, which is known to be a leader in many areas of such rulings, is voting next month on ‘Proposition 19’, which is a ballot initiative to legalize the plant for personal use.

The California proposition would make it legal to use marijuana as a recreational drug, although federal officials insist that they will still enforce their drug laws which ban the use of marijuana.

Elders told CNN, “What I think is horrible about all of this, is that we criminalize young people. And we use so many of our excellent resources … for things that aren’t really causing any problems. It’s not a toxic substance.”

She went on to express how marijuana is not addictive, whereas alcohol is, and that alcohol, which is legal, causes much more problems than the use of marijuana. “We have the highest number of people in the world being criminalized, many for non-violent crimes related to marijuana,” Elders stated. “We can use our resources so much better.”

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