Colorado, Washington, and now Texas?? Well, not quite. Governor Rick Perry is making moves toward decriminalizing marijuana use but is still against completely legalizing the drug.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the one-time presidential candidate voiced support for softening penalties for marijuana use and alternate rehab and drug court programs.
“After 40 years of the war on drugs, I can’t change what happened in the past. 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,” Perry said.
This marks the first time the governor, a long-time supporter of drug rehabilitation programs, has taken a position on decriminalization in Texas. Perry’s newfound support for decriminalization can be summed up as follow:
Number One: Decriminalization would help keep small-time stoners out of jail.
Number Two: Diversionary programs like drug courts in Texas that have had remarkable results in the past.
Number Three: And… er… what’s the third one there… let’s see… little help Ron Paul?
But hold on – before all you Texan pot-enthusiasts go out and celebrate by buying a 6 foot tall Rick Perry chia pet, keep in mind that Perry isn’t as pro-pot as you might have hoped.
While Perry believes “states should be allowed” to decide whether to legalize marijuana, he is personally against it. Perry’s spokeswoman cleared up any confusion, saying the Republican governor still opposes fully legalizing marijuana because of the dangers that have been associated with the drug. Instead he is simply looking for ways to reduce jail time for some nonviolent pot users.
Perhaps Gov. Perry has been spending some quality time with Sean Hannity. On his show Thursday night, the Fox News host (who STILL lives in New York) claimed that marijuana is much more dangerous than alcohol because Hannity can drink two beers and get behind the wheel but he can’t handle his pot.
“Alright, I can drink a beer or two and I don’t really feel anything, right?” Hannity said. “But you can’t smoke a joint and not feel something… If you smoke any marijuana, you’re going to get high.”
Or you just have a high alcohol tolerance from decades of drinking… which would actually explain a lot.