Last night, Jimmy Carter publicly announced his support for the idea that states should be able to legalize weed for recreational use, becoming–as far as I know–the first president to endorse a reasonable pot policy.
“I think it’s OK,” the 39th president said at a CNN forum. “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 went on to say that enforcement-based drug policy and harsh punishments for possession were leading to high rates of incarceration, especially among minorities. “It’s a major step backward, and it ought to be reversed, not only in America, but around the world,” he said.