Texas Governor Rick Perry announced today that he’s in support of decriminalizing cannabis, and urged the state in that direction. The announcement comes as a surprise to many in the political world given Perry’s often ultraconservative views on other issues, including cannabis legalization.
“After 40 years of the war on drugs, I can’t change what happened in the past”, says Perry. “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”. He also says that “states should be allowed” to decide their own cannabis policies, free of federal interference.
The announcement comes just days after a state lawmaker announced that he’d soon be filing a proposal to reduce the penalty for possession of up to an ounce of cannabis from a Class B misdemeanor with a potential 6 month jail sentence, to a Class C misdemeanor which is punishable by a ticket.