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U.S. Senator Carol Moseley-Braun Supports Marijuana Decriminalization


August 1994

In a letter to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) released August 6, Senator Carol Moseley-Braun (D-IL) stated that she supports the decriminalization of marijuana. "Individuals in possession of small amounts of marijuana should not clog the courts and absorb judicial resources but, instead, be subject to fines," she writes. "Marijuana would not be legalized, but rather decriminalized." She writes that in her experience as an assistant U.S. Attorney she saw how marijuana possession cases prevented the speedy processing of burglary, rape, and murder cases. Pam Smith of Moseley-Braun's office says the senator is not pursuing or acting on the marijuana decriminalization issue and it is not one of her legislative goals.