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Rick Perry pushes to lessen penalty for marijuana possession

Kizzie Frank

Published: Thursday, January 23, 2014

Updated: Thursday, January 23, 2014 19:01

Houstonian

Houstonian

Rick Perry has always had one hand on the uterus of Planned Parenthood. Now he has opted to be more forgiving towards another lady. That is none other than lady Mary Jay: Marijuana.

Texas Governor, Rick Perry has urged a move toward the decriminalization of marijuana.

“What I can do as the governor of the second largest state in the nation is to implement policies that start us toward a decriminalization and keeps people from going to prison and destroying their lives, and that’s what we’ve done over the last decade,” said Perry.

He didn’t exactly say he would legalize, and, in fact, has expressed his disapproval for legalization in the past. However, Perry happened to be speaking at an international panel on drug legalization at the World Economic panel in Davos, Switzerland.

According to Rick Perry’s spokeswoman, Lucy Nashed, the difference between decriminalize and legalize is that decriminalization simply means a lesser penalty for possession and selling of marijuana:

“Legalization is no penalty at all, whereas decriminalization doesn’t necessarily mean jail time. It means more of a fine or counseling programs…,” said Nashed.

This rule would not include violent offenders (murder, attempted murder, robbery, etc.)

Perry feels that states “should be allowed” to decide whether or not they want to legalize and that Texas should set an example for other states. Other states who have already jumped onboard the legalize train, do not seem to have convinced Perry to hop on the caboose.

Remember, if Perry gets courts on board with decriminalization, it would only apply to those holding less than four ounces and non-violent.

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