Consumer advocate and Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader announced last Friday, in a press conference held with New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson (R), that he supports the legalization of marijuana, and if elected, would attempt to overhaul what he called the nation's "self-defeating and antiquated drug laws."
Nader suggested the billions of dollars spent on incarceration and law enforcement would be better spent on treatment and education programs to reduce drug use.
"Addiction should never be treated as a crime, it has to be treated as a health problem," Nader said. "We do not send alcoholics to jail in this country. Over 500,000 people are in our jails who are non-violent drug users."
Nader has previously indicated his support for industrial hemp.
"Industrial hemp has the potential to dramatically reduce our dependence on petroleum-based products," Nader said. "Yet, it is illegal to grow industrial hemp in the United States due to misguided laws which equate it with a drug, all scientific evidence to the contrary. Many other western nations grow industrial hemp, including Canada, France and the UK and export tons to the United States."
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