The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has just recently proposed the decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana. This stance has received plaudits from the Libertarian Party’s presidential standard bearer, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson.
In a statement released in New York, Johnson said, “It is encouraging that the governor of one of our largest states is facing the reality that we are clogging our courts and packing our jails with Americans whose ‘crime’ is the individual choice to possess and use small quantities of marijuana. I would strongly suggest, however, that ‘decriminalization’ doesn’t really solve the problem. As long as we hang onto the the failed notion of prohibition, the cartels and criminal infrastructure that thrive on supplying U.S. demand for pot will continue to prosper.
“Legalizing and regulating marijuana, as we do with alcohol, will not only take a great deal of profit away from the cartels, but put us on a path toward treating drug use as a health issue rather than a criminal issue. Prohibition didn’t work the first time, and it clearly isn’t working today.”
Johnson has been in favor of legalization of marijuana since 1999.