You do see too many people I think developing significant criminal records for small possession charges of marijuana,” Gottlieb said. Scott Gottlieb said he believes the United States should consider decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level. The former FDA commissioner acknowledged there are legitimate reasons to decriminalize marijuana. In his reply, Gottlieb added that he does not back full marijuana legalization and noted that the “discussion [about decriminalization] should be separate from legalization, particularly around recreational use.” Gottlieb’s opposition to full marijuana legalization is related to the concern that it would make access easier for minors. Gottlieb said he believes there will be federal cannabis reform in the near future.
The former FDA commissioner acknowledged there are legitimate reasons to decriminalize marijuana.
Former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said he believes the United States should consider decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level.
On a recent appearance on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, Gottlieb said he believes decriminalization would help address the criminal justice concerns associated with prohibition.
“People are arrested for possession of marijuana and face sentences that are oftentimes in excess of what they would receive for offenses that I think are far more significant...
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