Retired judge supports marijuana legalization

A bill in the California legislature would regulate marijuana the same way the state and federal governments do the sale of alcohol – not as an illegal substance but as a restricted one. Jim Gray, a retired Orange County Superior Court judge, told KPCC’s “Patt Morrison” he believes that approach makes sense.

A bill in the California legislature would regulate marijuana the same way the state and federal governments do the sale of alcohol – not as an illegal substance but as a restricted one. Jim Gray, a retired Orange County Superior Court judge, told KPCC’s “Patt Morrison” he believes that approach makes sense.

Jim Gray: “We’re facing two rather substantial problems in society. One is drug problems, and that certainly includes alcohol, cigarettes – it kills 400,000 people a year.

“Those are substantial problems. The second problem we’re facing is money drug problems. And those are far worse than the drug problems themselves, and that’s what we can get away from.”

Gray is a spokesman for an organization called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. California allows legal sales of marijuana when doctors prescribe it, but federal law prohibits marijuana sales for any purpose.

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