just legalize it already

Senior US appeals court judge says

drug war ‘lost,’ country should try legalizing

Associated Press, Los Angeles Times

A U.S. federal appeals court judge says the United States should consider legalizing marijuana.

Judge Juan Torruella tells a law school audience in Puerto Rico that experimenting with legalization of marijuana and perhaps other drugs is a better way to reduce drug abuse and crime.

The 77-year-old judge says it’s the only “realistic” alternative since the drug war has been “lost” at a high cost to society. His comments Tuesday at the University of Puerto Rico were reported by the newspaper El Nuevo Dia.

Torruella sits on the Boston-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He was nominated to be a federal judge byPresident Gerald Ford and elevated to the appeals court by President Ronald Reagan in 1984.

Associated Press, Los Angeles Times

Are the judges setting a precedent of endorsements for legalizing marijuana for the election cycle in 2012?

Side note, did anyone notice that this judge was elevated by Ronald “Say not to Drugs” Reagan?