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High Time for Change?

Recently retired Orange County Superior Court Judge James Gray is on a crusade.

You might think a conservative judge from a conservative county would advocate for the prohibition of marijuana, but - based on his experiences - he is adamantly pro legalization.

Witnessing first hand what he calls the utter failure of our current policies of drug prohibition - marijuana in particular - he cites unnecessary prison growth, increased taxes, increased crime and corruption, and loss of civil liberties as the unhealthy side effects of an anemic policy in need of drastic reform.

Here he shares with correspondent Judy Muller why he thinks our current drug laws are ineffective.

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Well said, Judge Gray!

It should have been legalized years ago. Judge Gray is absolutely right. I agree with everything he says about legalizing Marijuana.

There are many things that are so much more harmful and destructive to your body that are legal, like alcohol and tobacco. Marijuana does not cause any health related problems like alcohol and tobacco does.

One other point in favor of legalizing marijuana use that neither Judge Gray or SoCal Connected noted is that our jails prisons (and those all over the country), are chock full of relatively minor drug offenders! We would have plenty of space and not need yet more prisons if drug laws were changed.

if you think we have problems now, just legalize marijuana. look at the damage alcohol has caused and tobacco. this judge seems to be way off with his opinion. who cares if the prisons are full, the prisoners broke the law. it's their fault, not the system.

If you would be so kind as to ask Judge Gray the source of his statistic that Mexican Drug Cartels recieve 60% of their income from marajuana? I have never heard such a high number before. Thank you for your time and consideration. I am;

Sincerely yours;

John B. Gibson

Judge Gray makes some valid points, prisons are chock full of non-violent offenders. Also, marijuana is so much less harmful than alcohol both in the short(impairment) and long(health effects) term a to be laughable.

I love to hear deep use of the English vernacular; chutzpa, wonderful stuff.

In response to John Gibson, that is information from the United States Government.

In response to Mary Jane, I agree that people who break the law should be held accountable for their actions. But wouldn't it be better if the laws we had did not so strongly encourage lawless behavior. And by the way, the tougher we get on non-violent drug crime, literally the softer we get on the prosecution of violent crimes like robbery, rape and murder. Why? Because the Criminal Justice System has limited resources. So I don't use marijuana, and will not even if it is strictly controlled and taxed by the government. But both as a judicial officer and as a taxpayer, I truly care if our jails and prisons are full, because many of those sentences have been unreasonably severe, and it costs taxpayer about $30,000 per year to keep one person in prison for a year. In other words, it's violently expensive, and we can't afford it anymore -- if we ever could.

To the rest of you, thanks for your comments. And please spread the word about Assembly Bill 390 to anyone you can vote for in Sacramento to support treating marijuana like alcohol. This is going to work effectively for us all.

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