Federal Judge: Criminalization of Marijuana is “Absurd”

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director September 7, 2012

    Judge Richard Posner serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, he also wants marijuana to be legalized.

    During a September 6th speech at Elmhurst College, the federal judge lambasted the war on cannabis. “I don’t think we should have a fraction of the drug laws that we have,” proclaimed Posner to loud applause, “I think it’s really absurd to be criminalizing possession or use or distribution of marijuana.”

    Posner went on to state that our drug laws are “a waste of a lot of high quality legal minds, and it’s also a waste of people’s lives who could be as least moderately productive with having to spend year after year in prison. That is a serious problem.”

    We here at NORML couldn’t agree more and applaud Judge Posner for having the courage to speak the truth from his high ranking position and for setting a bold example for his colleagues. You can view the entirety of his speech below:

    (Comments pick up around the 53 minute mark)

    32 responses to “Federal Judge: Criminalization of Marijuana is “Absurd””

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    2. teresa donahue says:

      Thank youu Judge for voicing your enlightened opinion.

    3. Tammyt says:

      Judge Richard Posner is an excellent speaker as he makes all of the seemingly complicated problems wreaking havoc on our country actually much easier to understand. He makes a lot of sense!
      Too bad more politicians don’t think the same way he does.
      His explanation of why marijuana and other drugs should not be illegal is excellent!
      Thanks for giving your honest opinion on the subject Judge Posner! Being from your district I’m proud to have you serving in our legal system.

    4. steve-says says:

      this is a very smart man.we should have people like this running our country,and yes we should not put people in jail for hemp.it will help our country,it is a billion doller crop.it is all about $ it will help our medical condision,I am taking opiods for mind condision and it not cheap an highy addictive. and hemp is not and no one has ever died from hemp.

    5. St. Nick says:

      Wait a minute… He’s right! We should be focusing on violent/evil crime. Not imprisoning perfectly good people for just trying to feel good.

    6. Ben says:

      Fark yeah! About damn time!

      We need to push, however we can apply properly leveraged force, to bolster such people, such ideas, and get this farking mess fixed.

      As always, NORML is always on the cutting edge, in providing information, communication, and reaching out.

      Support NORML and support these people!

    7. Jim says:

      Sounds great but stop and think. why would a federal judge put his entire career (and his pension) the line for something that has been battled over for so long. The supreme court judges are going to rip him apart.

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    9. Annie says:

      Federal Judge: Richard Posner, thank you for helping our cause…We need more smart men like yourself……THANK YOU AGAIN…THANK YOU A MILLION TIMES….MAYBE LEGALIZATION CAN HAPPEN WITH IN MY LIFE TIME !! =-)))