Justice Stevens Says Marijuana Should Be Legal


Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says the federal government should legalize marijuana, reports NPR. In an interview that will be aired Saturday, Stevens says that there isn’t much distinction between marijuana and alcohol. “I really think that that’s another instance of public opinion [that’s] changed,” he says. “And I think really in time that will be the general consensus with respect to this particular drug.”

Stevens, 94, has been making news in a series of interviews promoting his new book, “Six Amendments,” in which he proposes changes to the U.S. Constitution. Among them: ban capital punishment, limit corporate money in elections and curb the individual right to bear arms. Stevens served on the nation’s highest court from 1975 to 2010. He generally voted with the court’s liberal wing, though he was appointed by Republican President Gerald Ford.

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