Washington D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine, in a Friday interview on the Washington Journal, expressed support for putting an end to the war on drugs by legalizing illegal substances, not just cannabis.
During a segment on synthetic cannabinoids, a caller stated that drug prohibition is a civil liberties issue, and “when people want to consume substances that alter their state of consciousness they should be allowed to. Now, if you didn’t have such a crackdown on drugs like marijuana, cocaine and heroin, there wouldn’t even be a market for synthetic drugs.”
Racine responded by saying that he respects the caller’s perspective, and that in many ways he agrees.
“Namely, that law enforcement and overcriminalization of drug laws can cause more harm to society than benefit”, Racine said. “With respect to legalization of other substances, including marijuana, I think that the caller makes an excellent point.”
Host Peter Slen then asked Racine directly; “Just to be real clear, do you think that the cocaines and the heroins, et cetera, all the other drugs that we’re pretty familiar with, should they be legalized as well, in the same manner [as marijuana]? Would it help law enforcement?”
Racine responded by saying; “To be real clear I think that the 21st century policing is such that smart prosecution means less of an emphasis on criminalizing conduct, more of an emphasis on mental health and substance abuse. With respect to marijuana, you know, my position is very clear. I think it should be legal and I think that the District of Columbia, like the State of Colorado should be able to regulate it.”
The full interview can be found here.