Former commander-in-chief Jimmy Carter spoke out in favor of marijuana decriminalization (as opposed to legalization
) today in a talk
with CNN's Suzanne Malveaux.
The 88-year old Democrat shared his thoughts on the negative effects of marijuana prohibition on the incarceration rates of black and Latino youth, and reminded folks that he called for the decriminalization of pot as far back as 1979 during his own tenure as POTUS (though he declined to comment on Willie Nelson's antics
at the time).
"I called for decriminalization, not legalization, to keep people from being put in prison just for smoking a marijuana cigarette," said Carter. "Putting everyone in prison because they have marijuana is a major step backwards, and it ought to be reversed in America and the rest of the world."