Perry made the remarks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. While he does not favor legalization, he has supported alternate rehab and drug court programs, his spokeswoman noted.
"Gov. Perry has long supported diversionary and rehabilitative programs, like the drug courts we have in Texas that have proven results," said Perry spokeswoman Lucy Nashed in a statement to Post Politics.
Perry also said "states should be allowed" to decide whether to legalize marijuana.