When this happens you have to jump on it. I agree with Rick Perry – about the need to move away from blanket criminalization of marijuana use.
Perry’s statements were measured and nuanced, another anomaly. He did not endorse legalization or regulation. He merely expressed an openness to explore possibilities in drug cases aside from criminal prosecution. It would have been good to see him go “full-Libertarian” and advocate legalization, (here’s what they could look like), but I’ll take what I can get.
Limited though it is, his statement is a remarkable departure that contributes to a growing momentum away from strict prohibition. Hopefully the momentum will continue to build.