Retired Supreme Court Justice Stevens: Feds Should Legalize Marijuana

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director April 24, 2014

    In an interview with NPR released today, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens came out in support for marijuana legalization.

    When asked if he believed the federal government should legalize marijuana, the 94 year old former Justice replied:

    “Yes, I really think that that’s another instance of public opinion [that’s] changed. And recognize that the distinction between marijuana and alcoholic beverages is really not much of a distinction. Alcohol, the prohibition against selling and dispensing alcoholic beverages has I think been generally, there’s a general consensus that it was not worth the cost. And I think really in time that will be the general consensus with respect to this particular drug.”

    You can listen to the full interview from National Public Radio here.

    Stevens joins the majority of Americans who are ready to see an end to our war on marijuana consumers and for the country to move towards a system of legalization and regulation.

    34 Responses to “Retired Supreme Court Justice Stevens: Feds Should Legalize Marijuana”

    1. Evening Bud says:

      @ Jeff,

      It’s a bit tough to follow your thoughts, because you do bounce around a bit. But the gist seems to be that you don’t like the entertainment industry, don’t like pot, care only about yourself, have disdain for your “gullible” sci-fi nerd friends, and have a low opinion of the “masses,” or those you consider to be beneath you and your super intellect.

      I can already tell, just from reading your post, that your mind on all of the above is already set in stone. So I won’t bother trying to educate you.

      Perhaps you should suck on a fat one and chill the hell out.

    2. Jeff t says:

        Clearly the only people who can even consider legalizing the use of marihuana  for anything other than medical usage are those of unquestionable selfishness and stupidity.

        I have long said that the only ones who should be allowed to use pot recreationally are those in the entertainment industry as they really don’t do anything important. 
        You see marijuana has one prominent effect.
        If a singer, actor or director becomes apathetic and decides that they don’t want to go into work or that they only want to do half the job on a given day then their the only real person that suffers. I mean if a certain artist comes out with a bad record or movie they eventually disappear from the show biz landscape….no big loss.
        However, if the people who do the really important jobs in the world become “unmotavated”  You know who I mean. The person that cuts my hair, makes my hamburger or repairs my car is phoning it in then that effects me personally.
      I don’t know about anyone else, but the possibility of the person handling my medication at the pharmacy or hospital or being only marginally interested in doing a proper job scares the crap out of me!
      I mean it’s no coincidence that the popularity of marijuana coincided exactly with the dumbing down of America. To this day we have a large majority of the public who can’t even be bothered to muster up the effort to speak the English language correctly.
        If anything, I would hope that any business owner at all would loath this possibility! Never mind the exponential increase in absenteeism, I would be more concerned with the overall quality of any product or service. 
      I mean honestly. Would you buy a car made in Jamaica or Amsterdam? 
        Legalizing Pot will unquestioningly destroy the already questionable work ethic that exists in today’s society. 
        I don’t pretend to understand the always fluctuating information on the medical effects that Pot has on your body and so won’t even try to enter an argument on that front. I’m far more interested in my personal future as an aging American. Having to depend on the coming drug induced generations  as I grow older and more personally dependent is a frightening possibility. Ending up immobile and dependent in a nursing home or assisted living community and having to depend on someone who’s had prolonged exposure to a brain altering substance.
      This however is a concern that only I seem to have. 
      As with everything else, those with the ample financial resources to not have to worry about these trivial things will no doubt win out in the end, but Its my desperate hope that even one person with foresight reads and comprehends this fact. 
        Personally disappointing is the fact that my fellow Sci Fi nerds are actually going along with with this madness.
        I mean the basis of more science fiction novels than I can count is the widespread pacification of the masses of the lower casts. 

        Oh well, I guess well get what we deserve. 

    3. Evening Bud says:


      Sorry to hear about your situation. My state, New Mexico, has Medical Marijuana, but it’s usually pretty tough for people to get prescriptions from their doctors; the doctors usually seem pretty nervous about prescribing it, from what people have told me. I had a cousin who passed away this year from cancer, and he was prescribed MMJ because his illness was very obvious. Other than that, I personally know of no one else who has gotten a prescription (not that I know that many who have tried).

      Anyway, best of look to you; hope you can some day get MMJ meds that can help.

    4. I have been prescribed alprazolam for anxiety and my Dr. Feels I could be prescribed medical marijuana usage if the laws were passed in the state of Iowa. How can I help? The drug alprazolam helps but keeps me tired where marijuana does not and I could list many many other benefits of marijuana usage. Is it discrimination for authorized usage given to 3 persons in my state of Iowa? Why should I suffer when Dr’s are prescribing my illness in other states the usage of medical marijuana. Seriously confused. I also want to say the only paranoia I felt when I used marijuana was being caught!

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