MAY 1, 1971 - NIXON SAYS HE WILL NOT LEGALIZE MARIJUANA DESPITE SHAFER COMMISSION
President Nixon had a meeting with Elvis Presley, who sought to be appointed as a Federal Agent-at-Large in the US Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, in 1970.
In a televised news conference on May 1, 1971, responding to question about the White House Conference on Youth, which had voted to legalize marijuana, President Nixon said:
“As you know, there is a Commission that is supposed to make recommendations to me about this subject; in this instance, however, I have such strong views that I will express them. I am against legalizing marijuana. Even if the Commission does recommend that it be legalized, I will not follow that recommendation… I can see no social or moral justification whatever for legalizing marijuana. I think it would be exactly the wrong step. It would simply encourage more and more of our young people to start down the long, dismal road that leads to hard drugs and eventually self-destruction.”