‘Drug free’ advocate: I smoked pot in college, of course

By Eric W. Dolan
Sunday, August 18, 2013 12:36 EDT
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A special advisor to a group that advocates for greater criminalization of drug use says he smoked marijuana in college.

Friday night on CNN, host Piers Morgan interviewed David Evans, a criminal defense attorney and special advisor to Drug Free America Foundation.

Evans warned that marijuana combined the worst aspects of tobacco and alcohol. He said the drug was highly addictive and caused traffic accidents that killed young people. Evans said those who supported legalizing marijuana were naive and misinformed.

“You’re painting a very apocalyptic picture here, Mr. Evans, have you taken marijuana yourself?” Morgan asked.

“Yes, I smoked pot in college, of course,” Evans replied.

“You’re still alive,” Morgan remarked. “You haven’t killed anyone. You haven’t gone crazy. You seem perfectly well. You seem reasonably rational.”

“But marijuana back then was a relatively benign substance compared to the way it is today. Today, it’s highly addictive. The THC in marijuana is a lot higher,” Evans responded.

Neill Franklin, a retired state police officer and the executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, was also interviewed. He described the war on drugs as a “nightmare” for law enforcement and claimed legalizing marijuana would reduce crime.

“I think most of your listeners know that the information that Mr. Evans is giving us right now is false,” Franklin said.

Watch video, uploaded to YouTube, below:

Watch the full show here.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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