(CNSNews.com) – Retiring Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) believes marijuana policy should be set by the states, not the federal government, although he says he’s not someone who would use the drug.
In an appearance on CNN Wednesday, correspondent Erin Burnett asked what she called a “crucial question.” “Do you smoke regularly—pot?”
“No, I don’t,” he said. “I smoke a cigar or two a day. I did have a brownie once. It made me sleepy.
“But you know, I don’t gamble either,” said Frank, although he does support legalization of online gambling.
During the interview, Burnett said she felt like she was talking to Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), who has been a long time supporter of decriminalizing drugs.
“Ron and I are in great agreement on this,” Frank said. In fact, the two lawmakers sponsored a bill together last year that would have allowed the states to make their own marijuana laws.
“I do not advocate urging people to smoke marijuana,” Frank said at the time. “Neither do I urge them to drink alcoholic beverages or smoke tobacco. But in none of these cases do I think prohibition enforced by criminal sanctions is good public policy.”
"Criminally prosecuting adults for making the choice to smoke marijuana is a waste of law enforcement resources and an intrusion on personal freedom," he said.