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Source: NORML Weekly News
Pub Date: Thursday,  07 December 2000
President Clinton supports decriminalisation of cannabis
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December 7, 2000

President Clinton States Marijuana Should Be Decriminalized 

    Los Angeles, CA: This week, in an interview in Rolling Stone 
magazine, President Bill Clinton says he believes people should 
not be arrested for possessing marijuana.
    The self-admitted one-time marijuana smoker, who claims he 
did not inhale, told the magazine which hits newsstands on Friday, 
"I think that most small amounts of marijuana have been 
decriminalized in some places, and should be."
    He added, "We really need a re-examination of our entire 
policy on imprisonment. Some people deliberately hurt other people 
and they ought to be in jail because they can't be trusted on the 
streets. Some people do things that are so serious that they have 
to be put in jail to discourage other people from doing similar 
things. But a lot of people are in prison because they have drug 
problems or alcohol problems and too many of them are getting out, 
particularly out of state systems, without treatment, without 
education skills, without serious efforts at job placement."
    "President Clinton's incredibly belated support for 
decriminalizing marijuana is a bittersweet moment for marijuana 
law reform supporters," said Allen St. Pierre, NORML Foundation 
Executive Director. "On one hand, no less than the president of 
the United States supports NORML's long-held tenet that 
responsible adult marijuana smokers shouldn't be arrested. On the 
other hand, during Clinton's eight-year term in office, we 
witnessed the largest number of marijuana arrests in our history - 
over 4,175,357 Americans were arrested on marijuana charges between 
1992-99. NORML hopes that President Clinton, like former President 
Jimmy Carter, will commit his post-presidency to fighting for 
great social justice causes - such as ending the war on marijuana 
    St. Pierre continued, "I wonder if Clinton's wife, Senator-
elect Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), agrees with her husband's 
newly stated position on marijuana?"
    For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, 
NORML Foundation Executive Director at (202) 483-8751.

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