Brad Pitt, John Legend, Danny Glover and Russell Simmons, the executive producers of Eugene Jarecki’s documentary “The House I Live In,” about the futility of the war on drugs, are praising President Obama for saying that prosecution of marijuana users in Washington and Colorado is “not a top priority.”
The documentary, which calls for reforming drug laws and sentencing guidelines, is on the Oscar shortlist for documentary feature.
The four exec producers said in a statement, “President Obama should be commended for expressing the will of the people in Colorado and Washington. Our jails are overburdened with nonviolent drug users in this country, too often serving harsher sentences than violent criminals. This defies all common and economic sense. The President’s statement reflects a saner and more sensible drug policy, and a step away from the decades long failed war on drugs.”
Jarecki is on a tour of state and federal prisons, as well as schools and churches, to make the case for sentencing reforms, and a shift away from “industrial mass incarceration of the nonviolent toward treatment, education and rehabilitation.”
Obama made the remarks in a recent interview with ABC News.