Richard Carmona on Drugs
Carmona's comments come after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he wants to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. Although Carmona stopped short of endorsing Cuomo's plan, he did say it should be talked about.
Carmona said, "Clearly there are many people that are incarcerated for very minor offenses. That really doesn't make sense; they could probably be better off in an educational program, in a diversion program and so on."
Carmona said, "I think we have to have everything on the table: the health effects of that; the economic effects; and also the impact on the judicial system, which is now really overwhelmed with so many people with minor drug offenses."
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