Former Attorney General Eric Holder Calls for Marijuana Decriminalization

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Former Attorney General Eric Holder is calling on Congress to reschedule marijuana. In a recent interview with PBS Frontline, Holder went on the record to say that marijuana decriminalization is a conversation “that we should engage in.”

“I certainly think it ought to be rescheduled. You know, we treat marijuana in the same way that we treat heroin now, and that clearly is not appropriate,” Holder said. “So at a minimum, I think Congress needs to do that.”

Marijuana is currently a Schedule I narcotic, which the federal government defines as a substance with a “high potential” for abuse with “no currently accepted medical use.”

Holder, who served under the Obama Administration from 2009 to 2015, went beyond decriminalization by saying that Congress should then “look at what happens in Colorado and what happens in Washington.”

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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