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November 13, 2010
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Appeals court judge endorses legal marijuana

Told a law school audience in Puerto Rico that experimenting with legalization is a better way to reduce drug abuse and crime

Associated Press

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — 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.

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






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