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Texas Gov. Rick Perry links marijuana legalization to murder

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) last month linked marijuana legalization to murder and warned that decriminalizing the drug would send the message “that it’s OK.”

During a drug panel at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, Perry was asked about the rising support for marijuana legalization. The panel’s moderator, Univision anchor Enrique Acevedo, noted that President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) had all recently talked about reforming marijuana laws.

Perry insisted he didn’t want to join the marijuana “parade.”

“I think the fact is it is very important for science to keep playing a most important role in this before we jump to some conclusion, before we run out and get in the front of a parade that is going somewhere because we think it is where the public opinion is,” he said.

“And I want to share just one thing — or make a response to [United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan] about Portugal and the legalization of drugs there. In the five years since that has occurred there, 40 percent increase in the murder rate in that country. Anecdotal, I totally understand that, but the fact is we need to look at all of the data, the science.” Read more

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a 30 year old journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas and serves as Deputy Director for NORML of Waco. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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  1. February 12, 2014 at 1:46 am

    I suppose there’s no evidence for prohibition increasing violence due to the lack of a legal outlet for conflict resolution. #OhWait

  2. February 14, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    goes to show why women seem to lead Texas in a much greater positive and profitable direction. I’m sure that once Rick Perry leaves office he to will see how it would have boosted our economy. I would enjoy seeing him perform one of the jobs he boast about and only allows an employee to raise a family on 7.00 an hour. do that Rick Perry and maybe then you might consider sparking up joint as opposed to your bottle Scotch. alcohol vs. marijuana deaths on highways… do the math