Carter Drug Adviser Bourne Calls Obama Pot Policy “Totally Insane”


Newsweek finds Peter Bourne, the former drug policy adviser in the Jimmy Carter administration, now 72 years old and a visiting fellow at Oxford University in England. Bourne left office in 1978 after attending a National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws party. Bourne was trying to decriminalize marijuana.

Thirty-four years later, Washington hasn't budged on the issue—but the states have. Seventeen support medical marijuana. This fall, Colorado and Washington might vote to legalize pot. “It's quite gratifying,” says Bourne. He calls the Obama administration’s approach to marijuana “totally insane.” He believes “they should be bolder,” urging Congress to decriminalize. Raiding medical-marijuana dispensaries and defending pot’s classification as a drug as bad as meth “doesn’t make any sense at all.” States should have control over their own pot policies, he says.

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