|Judge Richard A. Posner: “I think it’s really absurd to be criminalizing possession or use or distribution of marijuana”|
Most-Cited Judge In America Criticizes Drug War As ‘Absurd’
A widely respected federal judge called for the legalization of marijuana in a lecture at Elmhurst College in Illinois on Thursday.
Judge Richard A. Posner of the influential Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago “is an intellectual giant who is the most-cited judge in America,” reports Larry Bodine at Lawyers.com. “His call for legalization is considered significant because Posner is considered a legal conservative,” Bodine wrote.
“I don’t think we should have a fraction of the drug laws that we have,” Posner said. “I think it’s really absurd to be criminalizing possession or use or distribution of marijuana. I can’t see any difference between that and cigarettes.”