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Rick Perry supports decriminalization of marijuana

Published On: Mar 14 2014 08:14:22 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 14 2014 09:31:04 PM CDT

In a recent interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Texas governor Rick Perry has again expressed his support to decriminalize marijuana. The last time he spoke of the idea was in January.

 His goal is to reduce the amount of people locked up or on probation for the crimes.

Decriminalizing the drug would mean that if someone was caught with a small amount of marijuana, they would not get into trouble.

 Unlike Colorado or Washington however, the move would not allow sales and would not be able to bring in tax revenue. However, it could save the state a large amount of money by arresting fewer people for drug offenses.

 If made possible, one concern is public safety and that the number of people driving under the influence will increase.

 Perry has been working with groups to set up courts dealing only with drugs. So far he was able to shut down one prison in Texas because of it.