Paul Chabot, former drug czar advisor in the Clinton and Bush administrations, defended the criminalization of marijuana Monday on HuffPost Live, comparing marijuana to child pornography.
When asked by HuffPost Washington Bureau Chief Ryan Grim why we keep marijuana illegal, Chabot responded: "Why do we keep heroin, LSD, prostitution, child pornography illegal?"
"Drugs destroy lives," Chabot continued. "We have more addicts in this country today than we have had in a long time. It's a shame, when there are so many issues in the community that we could be working on, there's organizations of people who are not just trying to legalize marijuana but all drugs across the board."
The conversation sparked from a recent article published by Grim and HuffPost reporter Ryan Reilly, who covers the Justice Department and the Supreme Court.