Statement below from Chris Lindsey of the Marijuana Policy Project

AUSTIN ó Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday that he believes states should be allowed to legalize marijuana and that, as governor, he has helped move Texas in the direction of decriminalizing marijuana.

U.S. News and World Report reported:

"'I am a staunch promoter of the 10th Amendment,' Perry said. 'States should be able to set their own policies on abortion, same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization,' he said, 'then people will decide where they want to live.'"

"On marijuana legalization, he said twice, 'States should be allowed to make those decisions.'"

According to a report by the Austin American-Statesman, Perry said:

"[A]fter 40 years of the war on drugs, I canít change what happened in the past. What I can do as the governor of the second largest state in the nation is to implement policies that start us toward a decriminalization and keeps people from going to prison and destroying their lives, and thatís what weíve done over the last decade."

Statement from Chris Lindsey, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project:

"We applaud Gov. Perry for standing up in support of states' rights to regulate the cultivation and sale of marijuana for adult use. Our marijuana prohibition policies have failed, and it is time to adopt a more sensible policy.

"Adults should not be punished for using an objectively less harmful substance than alcohol, and as Gov. Perry acknowledged, they certainly should not be put in jail or prison."

The Marijuana Policy Project, the nationís largest marijuana policy organization, has been responsible for changing most state-level marijuana laws since 2000. For more information, visit http://www.MarijuanaPolicy.org.