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Jimmy Carter Comes Out Against Marijuana Legalization

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President Jimmy Carter has come out against marijuana legalization, according to Project SAM, the anti-marijuana group started earlier this year by former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) and Kevin Sabet, a former advisor in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Here's Project SAM's press release, via the blog of Project SAM board member David Frum

President Jimmy Carter, at a meeting that included state legislators and regulators from Colorado and Washington, as well as most of the states targeted for legalization in 2016, and attended by the nation's premier public health scientists like former White House Deputy Drug Czar Thomas McLellan, announced that despite mischaracterizations, he "opposed the legalization of marijuana" and predicted the experiments in Washington and Colorado would go badly. He also said that he didn't believe in imprisoning users of marijuana, but favored SAM's approach of arrests with treatment referral and health assessments.

President Carter has been falsely characterized as supporting legalization by pro-marijuana lobbyists nationwide. Today, he set the record straight:

"I do not favor legalization. We must do everything we can to discourage marijuana use, as we do now with tobacco and excessive drinking," President Carter told the crowd. "We have to prevent making marijuana smoking from becoming attractive to young people, which is, I'm sure, what the producers of marijuana….are going to try and do."

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The President also said "I hope that Colorado and Washington, as you authorize the use of marijuana, will set up very strict experiments to ascertain how we can avoid the use of marijuana… There should be no advertising for marijuana in any circumstances and no driving under the influence. We need to avoid the use of marijuana, particularly among young people." President Carter endorsed the strict list of 12 regulations created by National Families in Action's "But What About The Children?" campaign.

"I'm very proud of Patrick Kennedy and his Project SAM, Smart Approaches to Marijuana," the President said. "I wish him and Kevin Sabet every success in your independent project to make sure marijuana is handled responsibly."

When asked about decriminalization from a Washington state legislator, President Carter remarked that he believes arrests for marijuana should be in place and result in a warning hearing, treatment, and screening. He opposed permanent records for people with marijuana use.

"I said this 35 years ago….that I didn't want to make it so that a person could possess…or smoke marijuana with impunity but that they could be chastised, offered treatment, etc."

Does this mean Carter thinks Willie Nelson should be arrested, chastised, and offered treatment? 

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71 responses to “Jimmy Carter Comes Out Against Marijuana Legalization

  1. He’s History’s Greatest Monster!

    1. No, you’re thinking of Chris Carter (the X-files creator, not the former Eagles/Vikings wide receiver).

      1. That was Cris Carter.

    2. Jimmy Carter, may he rest in peace.

  2. Quit possibly because he had witness the stuff his brother did while under the influence.

    1. The Billy Beer guy?

        1. All of that is way before I was born, but I learned about it while taking a political science course on scandal in politics.

          Carter didn’t really have scandals as much as he had really embarrassing moments.

          1. No, he had a few real scandals, too.

            1. I guess Carter feels the Devil Weed made his brother go to Libya.

            2. Including when his drug policy adviser got busted for coke, IIRC, and with him went any chance for national MJ decrim in the 70s.

              1. Including when his drug policy adviser got busted for coke, IIRC, and with him went any chance for national MJ decrim in the 70s.

                This was all a misunderstanding. When he applied for the job in the paper, it read:

                Wanted: Substance Abuse Advocate

                He thought, “Oh, I can do that!”

              2. Prescribing Quaaludes to White House staffers. Bourne actually said cocaine should be legal but not marijuana. Like Carter, he was a Grade-A piece of shit.

    2. I thought his brother was a drunk. Is Jimmy for alcohol prohibition now, too?

      -jcr

  3. Well fuck you, old man.

    1. Jimmeh Carter is a cat-murderer.

      1. Well, I used to like the guy.

      2. And a rabbit murderer, but in all fairness, the rabbit was attacking him.

  4. “We have to prevent making marijuana smoking from becoming attractive to young people, which is, I’m sure, what the producers of marijuana….are going to try and do.”

    Pretty sure that ship has sailed, guy.

    1. Aw, Nikki, he only missed it by…what, 50-70 years?!

    2. Funny, I was just going to make exactly that remark.

  5. We must do everything we can to discourage marijuana use, as we do now with tobacco and excessive drinking,” President Carter told the crowd.

    Wait, we do no-knock raids on smokers and drinkers. And who is this “we” crap?

    There should be no advertising for marijuana in any circumstances

    That’s right, fuck the 1st!!

    1. as we do now with tobacco and excessive drinking

      If only Marijuana were treated like alcohol and tobacco…if only.

      1. If only Marijuana were treated like alcohol and tobacco…if only.

        That was what was supposed to happen here in CO, but the special interests and politicians got involved.

    2. Transitive verbs like “discourage” are always normed to the status quo.

  6. National Families in Action’s “But What About The Children?” campaign.

    What about them?

    1. They’re less annoying when they smoke pot.

      1. If they didn’t put in on the smoke, then they don’t get in on the toke. Shit ain’t free, man.

      2. They’re also less annoying when I smoke pot.

  7. “I said this 35 years ago….that I didn’t want to make it so that a person could possess…or smoke marijuana with impunity but that they could be chastised, offered treatment, etc.”

    Maybe you should be chastised and “offered” treatment.

    1. Only if he is chastised with a barbed lash and treated with a rusty chainsaw enema.

      And give the same to Patrick Kennedy and David Frum.

  8. I guess no one ever told him that drug dealers don’t card their customers.

    1. When I was in HS it was far easier for me to access marijuana than alcohol. I didn’t smoke, but it could easily be obtained. I’m sure that’s still true nowadays.

      (it was always funny to see marijuana being sold outside the school, right under the “We’re a Drug Free School!” sign)

      1. That will remain the case as long as it is illegal.

  9. National Families in Action’s “But What About The Children?” campaign.

    Wait… waitwaitwait. You’re not making that up? There’s really a “But What About The Children” campaign? Is it headed by Helen Lovejoy?

    1. I had to check out the campaign (http://www.butwhataboutthechildren.org/). The author of the first blog post seems to be asserting that only PhDs can understand science.

  10. Most libertarian President ever.

    /shrike

    1. Shrike can’t really love Jimmy ’cause Jimmy loves Jesus.

      1. Yeah, but in a very “Liberation Theology” way – so that takes a lot of the ick off.

  11. “President Jimmy Carter, at a meeting that included state legislators and regulators from Colorado and Washington, as well as most of the states targeted for legalization in 2016, and attended by the nation’s premier public health scientists like former White House Deputy Drug Czar Thomas McLellan, announced that despite mischaracterizations, he “opposed the legalization of marijuana” and predicted the experiments in Washington and Colorado would go badly. He also said that he didn’t believe in imprisoning users of marijuana, but favored SAM’s approach of arrests with treatment referral and health assessments.”

    John Snow would be rolling in his grave.

    1. No…wait…No, he wouldn’t. John Snow was a temperance activist.

      Geez, was public health ever really a noble profession?

      1. So he took the pump handle AND the beer tap?

    2. They’ll go badly due to the efforts of legalization opponents.

  12. So, Mr Jiminy Cricket, do you feel the current occupant of your old office should be arrested?

    DIAGF.

    (“G” for “Geritol”)

  13. Carter acted like he favored decriminalization, then he approved the use of paraquat, thus endangering thousands of users with far worse health hazards than the plant itself.

    1. ^THIS^
      Only paraquat wasn’t particularly dangerous. Jimmy thought it would poison potsmokers though so it is the thought that counts.

  14. Oh I see this comes from David Frum, war propagandist. It’s important that I listen to that cunt gentleman.

    He should concentrate on fishing that vodka-soaked tampon out of his wife’s lady-parts and leave me the fuck alone.

  15. Carter is just the mouthpiece of Big Peanut.

    The same peanuts that kill kids every year.

  16. nation’s premier public health scientists

    Wait, what?

    Song of the day.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1_vsu2DyLs

  17. President Carter has been falsely characterized as supporting legalization by pro-marijuana lobbyists nationwide. Today, he set the record straight:

    Huh, funny that. So is Obama.

    1. “But Salon told us that Obama would come out for MJ legalization right after the election.”

      – Obama supporter from the State of Delusion.

      1. Does anyone still read Salon?

  18. I could puke after reading that.

  19. “the nation’s premier public health scientists “

    Translation from Frumese: “the nation’s premier drug war enablers”.

  20. predicted the experiments in Washington and Colorado would go badly

    Because the experiment with prohibition has gone so well.

  21. “I hope that Colorado and Washington, as you authorize the use of marijuana, will set up very strict experiments to ascertain how we can avoid the use of marijuana… There should be no advertising for marijuana in any circumstances…”

    The mind of the American control-freak leftist at work: drugs are bad, but advertising is EVEN WORSE.

    1. It’s easy to avoid use. Don’t use it. I avoid use sometimes.

  22. Will it be bad form to dance on his grave like the UK socialists did when Maggie Thatcher kicked the bucket a few weeks ago? I take joy when prohibitionists die, old as fuck or otherwise. It’s especially heartening when they die from not being able to access something that could save or extend with comfort their own lives, often not due to being illegal (they have the means and wouldn’t be arrested anyway) but because they are fucking retarded and refuse to partake.

    Marijuana cures or prevents: cancer, obesity, the diabetus, HIV, and also acts a pain reliever, and who knows how many other things we aren’t sure about because of it’s highly regulated research status.

    1. “No it doesn’t! It’s either lying, bad methodology or placebo effect! Marijuana just makes you lazy if you’re lucky, an insatiable killing machine if you’re not. Think of the children! Think of the DAMN CHILDREN!!!”

    2. Of course not. The world will be a much better place when he is dead. Unless you are some kind of puritan there is no reason not to celebrate such a joyous event.

  23. Is it rude to point out that Jimmuh hasn’t been the president in 30 fucking years? Quit calling him president. He was kicked out of the job for sucking at it.

    1. That is a side issue that has always bugged me.

      It is not just the President, but also State Governors, Senators and a host of other “formers” that get to hold on to their titles for life. That nonsense goes back to at least the 1800s.

      It is like they become a different person once anointed.

      I also dislike the “Mr. President”, “Mr. Senator”, “Mr. Mayor” formula. It’s a REPUBLIC, assholes, not an aristocracy! (Well, it once was.)

      1. Yeah, it goes right up me. The only title or honorific you get once you leave office is that same one any other citizen gets.

      2. Eh, the “Mr. President” was specifically to avoid the more aristocratic “Your Excellency”– which is used by a number of governors.

        1. Why not “Mr” or “Mrs” (or “Ms”, if you must)?

          (Of course, that would mean that they are just ‘commoners’ like the rest of us.)

  24. Jimmy Carter needs antipsychotic medication. Won’t someone please help the poor, old moron?

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