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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Getting the easy ones

Rich Lowery has some common sense to offer on the War on Drugs
Marijuana is not harmless, and its use should be discouraged, but in the same way, say, smoking a pack of cigarettes a day should be discouraged. The criminal-justice system should stay out of it. Twelve states have decriminalized marijuana to varying degrees, fining instead of arresting people for possessing small amounts. They recognize that — as the authors of a new study for the conservative American Enterprise Institute argue — "the case for imposing criminal sanctions for possession of small amounts of marijuana is weak."

The WoD is an abject failure but I don’t see it ever coming to an end as too many make too much money off that particular teat to let it dry up. We should have a sound and reasoned drug policy and stop throwing good money after bad with zero results.

Yet another evil pot smoker in need of a manditory sentence.Posted by Hello


At May 12, 2005 8:24 PM, Blogger The Evil Jeremy. said...

The Lowery piece is dead-on. My favorite paragraph:

As Allen F. St. Pierre, executive director of the pro-decriminalization group NORML, puts it, "Increased arrest rates are not associated with reduced marijuana use, reduced marijuana availability, a reduction in the number of new users, reduced treatment admissions, reduced emergency-room mentions, any reduction in marijuana potency, or any increases in the price of marijuana." Besides that, the war on marijuana is a smash success.

About says it all, doesn't it? Jesus, just think how much money gets pissed away, both by taxpayers funding this madness, and on lost wages and commercial productivity from these evil pot smokers being locked up and unable to go to work. Makes me want to bang my head against a wall.


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