Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Judge Jim Gray calls B.S. on drug prohibition

"The government has as much of a right to control what I as an adult put into my body as it does what I put into my mind. It's none of their business." So says Jim Gray, who recently retired as the presiding judge of the Superior Court of California for Orange County. A former drug warrior as a prosecutor and then a judge, Gray came to see that prohibition of disfavored intoxicants was a perverse and impractical policy -- and one with serious moral and economic consequences.

Gray was unusual among government officials who have turned against prohibition in that he started speaking out while he was on the bench, making public appearances calling for changes in policy, including full legalization, and authoring a book making the same case.

He presents his arguments in short form in the video below from ReasonTV.



Blogger liberranter said...

It's too bad that Judge Gray is now retired. This nation needs MANY, MANY more judges like him on the bench. Without great numbers of such judges, I fear that there is little hope of ending the insane, unconstitutional, and criminal Drug "War" at any time in the foreseeable future.

March 10, 2010 12:34 PM  

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