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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Pitt commends Obama pot policy

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt and his The House I Live in colleagues praise President Barack Obama's current stance on drugs.

Last Friday 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Washington and Colorado states legalised marijuana in November's presidential election.

In light of the horrific shooting President Obama recently said that prosecuting pot users is "not a top priority".

Brad, Russell Simmons, Danny Glover and John Legend all serve as executive producers on The House I Live In, a documentary highlighting the human rights injustices resultant of America's anti-drug war.

They are all happy that The White House has focused its attention on other matters.

"President Obama should be commended for expressing the will of the people in Colorado and Washington," the producers released in a joint statement to ET Online. "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."

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