WSJ: WHITE HOUSE CZAR CALLS FOR END TO 'WAR ON DRUGS'

by Gary Fields, (Source:Wall Street Journal)
14 May 2009
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Kerlikowske Says Analogy Is Counterproductive; Shift Aligns With Administration Preference for Treatment Over Incarceration
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s new drug czar says he wants to banish the idea that the U.S.  is fighting “a war on drugs,” a move that would underscore a shift favoring treatment over incarceration in trying to reduce illicit drug use.
In his first interview since being confirmed to head the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Gil Kerlikowske said Wednesday the bellicose analogy was a barrier to dealing with the nation’s drug issues.
“Regardless of how you try to explain to people it’s a ‘war on drugs’ or a ‘war on a product,’ people see a war as a war on them,” he said.  “We’re not at war with people in this country.”
View Full Image Gil Kerlikowske, the new White House drug czar, signaled Wednesday his openness to rethinking the government’s approach to fighting drug use.
Mr.  Kerlikowske’s comments are a signal that the Obama administration is set to follow a more moderate — and likely more controversial — stance on the nation’s drug problems.  Prior administrations talked about pushing treatment and reducing demand while continuing to focus primarily on a tough criminal-justice approach.
The Obama administration is likely to deal with drugs as a matter of public health rather than criminal justice alone, with treatment’s role growing relative to incarceration, Mr.  Kerlikowske said.
Already, the administration has called for an end to the disparity in how crimes involving crack cocaine and powder cocaine are dealt with.  Critics of the law say it unfairly targeted African-American communities, where crack is more prevalent.
The administration also said federal authorities would no longer raid medical-marijuana dispensaries in the 13 states where voters have made medical marijuana legal.  Agents had previously done so under federal law, which doesn’t provide for any exceptions to its marijuana prohibition.
During the presidential campaign, President Barack Obama also talked about ending the federal ban on funding for needle-exchange programs, which are used to stem the spread of HIV among intravenous-drug users.
The drug czar doesn’t have the power to enforce any of these changes himself, but Mr.  Kerlikowske plans to work with Congress and other agencies to alter current policies.  He said he hasn’t yet focused on U.S.  policy toward fighting drug-related crime in other countries.
Mr.  Kerlikowske was most recently the police chief in Seattle, a city known for experimenting with drug programs.  In 2003, voters there passed an initiative making the enforcement of simple marijuana violations a low priority.  The city has long had a needle-exchange program and hosts Hempfest, which draws tens of thousands of hemp and marijuana advocates.
Seattle currently is considering setting up a project that would divert drug defendants to treatment programs.
Mr.  Kerlikowske said he opposed the city’s 2003 initiative on police priorities.  His officers, however, say drug enforcement — especially for pot crimes — took a back seat, according to Sgt.  Richard O’Neill, president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild.  One result was an open-air drug market in the downtown business district, Mr.  O’Neill said.
“The average rank-and-file officer is saying, ‘He can’t control two blocks of Seattle, how is he going to control the nation?’ ” Mr.  O’Neill said.
Sen.  Tom Coburn, the lone senator to vote against Mr.  Kerlikowske, was concerned about the permissive attitude toward marijuana enforcement, a spokesman for the conservative Oklahoma Republican said.  [drug war] Others said they are pleased by the way Seattle police balanced the available options.  “I think he believes there is a place for using the criminal sanctions to address the drug-abuse problem, but he’s more open to giving a hard look to solutions that look at the demand side of the equation,” said Alison Holcomb, drug-policy director with the Washington state American Civil Liberties Union.
Mr.  Kerlikowske said the issue was one of limited police resources, adding that he doesn’t support efforts to legalize drugs.  He also said he supports needle-exchange programs, calling them “part of a complete public-health model for dealing with addiction.”
Mr.  Kerlikowske’s career began in St.  Petersburg, Fla.  He recalled one incident as a Florida undercover officer during the 1970s that spurred his thinking that arrests alone wouldn’t fix matters.
“While we were sitting there, the guy we’re buying from is smoking pot and his toddler comes over and he blows smoke in the toddler’s face,” Mr.  Kerlikowske said.  “You go home at night, and you think of your own kids and your own family and you realize” the depth of the problem.
Since then, he has run four police departments, as well as the Justice Department’s Office of Community Policing during the Clinton administration.
Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance, a group that supports legalization of medical marijuana, said he is “cautiously optimistic” about Mr.  Kerlikowske.  “The analogy we have is this is like turning around an ocean liner,” he said.  “What’s important is the damn thing is beginning to turn.”
James Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police, the nation’s largest law-enforcement labor organization, said that while he holds Mr.  Kerlikowske in high regard, police officers are wary.
“While I don’t necessarily disagree with Gil’s focus on treatment and demand reduction, I don’t want to see it at the expense of law enforcement.  People need to understand that when they violate the law there are consequences.”

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  1. America, Fuck Yeah!… though it sounds like…
    Portugal, Fuck Yeah!

  2. At the expense of law enforcement? I don’t understand, how is decriminalization or even outright legalization “at the expense of law enforcement”?
    I think I know what James meant. God forbid if they do any real police work. My dad is a cokehead, you can start there, because I promised myself long ago that I would never turn out like him in any way shape or form, yet he has been in and out of the system many times. He beats his wife, drinks like a fish, snorts it all to avoid the drug tests, and the cops know him by first and last name… yet he has never been to jail longer than a year. He was never helped and he doesn’t want help.
    This is the consequence of this War on Drugs. This is the only possible consequence. We need to reform the way people think in this country, and that is not going to happen while we freeze them to death by opening the window in the winter, throwing cold water on them and pumping them full of valium until they hallucinate bugs crawling all across their skin. This is terror, this is pleasure… some of these pigs, I mean cops, clearly get off on this.
    Am I being too blunt? I don’t think I am, because the truth is that this could all change in a month. This could all end right now.
    ~~DO THE RESPONSIBLE THING!~~

  3. I think that the idea of not enforcing federal marijuana laws on local dispensaries in states where medical marijuana is illegal is great. And I also think that it is great to not enforce marijuana laws as a priority in law enforcement. HOWEVER, I also think that many people are forgetting that federal law always supersedes state law in the court of law, and if someone were to ever come to a court of law with these charges, they could therefore, conceivably be upheld in the court of law. Also remember that one function of laws being created in general was to let the people know what they can and can’t do and the consequences. While i think these changes are great, they cannot truly be realized until the letter of the law is changed. I will continue to be weary until I see a change in FEDERAL law.

  4. OK now maybe we will finaly have a drug cazr that will base his actions on truth Not like John Walters AKA Pinochico.

  5. To suggest someone needs drug treatment for their first offense is slander it would like being able to label anyone who uses alcohol for the first time an alcoholic and if thats the case then it looks like our current president should be in rehab for his drug abuse and alcoholism.

  6. The Office of National Drug Control Policy. The name implies that this office somehow has control of drugs. Nothing could be further from the truth. The war on drugs has created the largest organized crime gangs the world has ever known. When the Law Makers pass a law that makes criminals out of 30 million people it is not practical or maybe better said it is very destructive to millions of families around the country. Let us all hope that this man will truely see the correct approach to this issue is to lift prohibition and return personal freedom to us all.

  7. On June 21, 1788 the Constitution of the United states was ratified. From there a very powerful saying comes and was once what everyone practiced, a government “For the people, by the people.” Although in the past 221 years much has changed. A large majority don’t vote, many vote on what is being called a “beauty contest”, and its a shame that people are too lazy to stand up for what they believe in. Politician’s no longer care for what the people in their state/districts want, its more about their wallets and public image. Now from what has been reported by Norml it self, a large and growing, un-ignorable minority of “pot heads” are rising up and causing problems for what is so called a civilized establishment. One that cares no more about what the people have to say

  8. Its like our current “war on mean people”, its an abstract thing. Take away pot and people will run in circles until they get dizzy. People have been using marijuana since the beginning of time, and only now have governments had so much control over our personal lives that they dictate what we do peacefully in our own homes wihout harm to anyone. Do what you damn well please, as long as you aren’t hurting anyone else. Thats freedom.

  9. This is all bullshit. A smokescreen. All they are doing is changing a word or a phrase. “The War on Drugs” will be replaced with “Movement for A Healthier Nation” and guess what? Same shit, different headline. Pigs are still going to bust pot smokers in parking lots on the Jersey Turnpike, thereby ruining the life of another otherwise law abiding citizen.

  10. The reason the police are weary, is the money. If half of all arrest are for pot, then, 1/2 the police, probation officers, court workers, guards would loss their jobs. Unions, private business, investors, all make money from these laws. The drug enforcement racket is larger than the drug racket. It is a symbiotic relationship. with out one, you can’t have the other.

  11. Whoaw!! Hold up here a sec people, I almost bought it,as I see lots of you are. They are just using the same tactic they are using in the Iraq war. They are just changing the WORDS!! not the policy. Change the words to make it sound kinder and gentler,like all the other treminology they have changed lately!! WORDS MEAN NOTHING!!! ACTION HOLDS ALL THE MEANING!! I won’t buy into this latest attempt to distract us,not til I SEE ACTION!! NIETHER SHOULD ANY OF YOU!! Sorrry to bust your buble people.

  12. i hope you guys see where this is going. they are going to stop putting people in jail and then lock them into rehab instead. expand the government. when people demand somthing then they just go ahead and use their demands against them. hear me now and understand me later.

  13. “While I don’t necessarily disagree with Gil’s focus on treatment and demand reduction, I don’t want to see it at the expense of law enforcement. People need to understand that when they violate the law there are consequences.”
    I for one would not take this guy serious, he
    is the assistant trailer park supervisor after all. Oh wait, nvm, but really lets just put everyone in jail so a person can have a job?
    Why dont they get a real job rather than spend your
    career locking up innocent human being who are trying t
    to live a fucking 80 god damng years if you are lucky
    in this life. But instead people are
    persecuted in this country for doing
    absolutely nothing wrong.
    Those guards at the prison camps
    at auschwitz im sure they did the job that they were paid to do. But does that mean it is right to lock
    people up for committing a victimless crime. And when they are not violent or do not pose a threat to the community as a whole yet they are persectuted for that fact alone. That to me is wrong. ANd seems
    like a witch hunt against human nature.

  14. I’m fairly skeptical of course. Good ole Barry said it wasn’t a war and all that jazz. He has continued to go on to say we need more SWAT teams etc.
    They changed the “War on Terror” to “Overseas Contingency Operation” for what reason exactly? From what I can tell, to make the operations over there less “war like” when discussed. It’s still armed combat regardless of right/wrong/when/where.
    Same with this. If they are moving to kill the War on Drugs, that’s fine, but if they make it the “Domestic Contingency Operation” with a focus on arresting people to get them help, that’s not a good idea. That’s my take on what some of the folks are saying.
    Like many, I am holding my breath on the idea that this is not a play on words to show support that does not exist. I’ve read far too many comments from law enforcement on how they usually think it’s a good idea to kick your door in “to get you some help.” …
    The budget alone shows this is not in the works from the administration backing him on this. Maybe it will change, but as of this moment it’s all about a kinder and gentler named kicking your door in police state until something actually changes.
    Now we just need to hear what the new name for it will be.

  15. If I am not mistaken, wasn’t the “War on Drugs” created by President Regan? And didn’t he have some kind of brain damage? Should we really let a brain damaged man take our freedom of choice and pursuit of happiness away? I think not. I agree that the heavy duty dangerous violent drugs are worth fighting to keep off the streets. Nobody wants them around. But a non-violent drug like marijuana which is an herb should have never been considered against the law in the first place it’s ridiculous. I am pretty sure Regan was talking about the kind of drugs, that lead to Parkinisons Disease,he wasn’t talking about marijuana. How can all the politicians who claim to believe in God and the bible say: God was wrong to give us a seed bearing herb? I think the politicans just label pot illegal to give themselves good government jobs with benifits! While destroying the lives of non-violent Americans. Making their children and familys suffer for something that should be legal.

  16. well…we need to make one thing clear to obama right now…he is not going to drag this out 4 years then use it as his re=election stance…then drag it out another 4 more…we want it now….its our life…our money..our country…why not now?

  17. After 75 years in the drug war desert wasteland, here comes the messiah Gil Kerlikowske, a cool cop? lol!

  18. ““We’re not at war with people in this country.”
    LIE.
    When cops, guns, and prisons are no longer used to deal with recreational marijuana users, then you can stop calling it a WAR.
    I’m a medical marijuana user, and my community is constantly harassed by cops, guns, and prisons…
    sooo Mr. K, how about you clean up these corrupt cops who sure as **** don’t protect and serve….
    IT’S STILL A WAR, HOW DARE YOU EVEN ATTEMPT TO CALL IT SOMETHING DIFFERENT. YOU STILL WANT MY MEDICINE TO BE SCHEDULE I, Mr. K.
    Political appeasement at its worst from the Democrats… Get these people on the fringe back in support of corrupt cops and politicians re: the DRUG WAR, and get more money.

  19. Decrim model leaves all of our small time growers, dealers and friends that helped you get you decriminalized half oz in jail. It lets the soccer moms of america think everything is working right again…. dont forget who you get your weed from ever……they will always be doing your time and the decrim model allows for net widining and proper numbers to show the results to the media.
    Not worth accepting, one step at a time or not……
    Cant you see the trend coming in governement over pot?
    Its a fucking national decrim bill, nothing more.
    The war rages on, in a home near you…….

  20. Although it is rather exiting to see the ever so slow shift, we cannot let up or back down. The president needs to realize that we are not going to go away or be ignored any longer. The public opinion has begun to change on a national level, and I expect we will soon be the majority. Do the right thing, or we will elect someone who will. Remember..for the people, by the people. Or your re-election hopes will disappear, just like this joint….in a puff of smoke….

  21. WAKE UP!
    This Nation’s drug policy has never been a “war on drugs.” Almost all drugs remain legal and readily available. If the D.E.A. honestly wanted to get the bulk of the, by far, the very most dangerous drugs off the streets, it would be assaulting the pharmacy counter at your neighborhood Walgreens. Prohibitionists’ war on some drugs and a plant has allways been waged against the rightful freedoms and liberties of all Americans, including tens of millions of citizens exercising their God-given freedoms and liberties as acknowledged and guaranteed in the Constitution of the United States. The reason this nation will never be able to solve the drug problem is because it is not a problem. Accurately, detrimental drug consumption is not a problem, it is a symptom. Prohibitionists can’t seem to grasp this, so I’ll present it here simply. If drug consumption causes ill-effects, it is a symptom of one or more underlying problems. People who consume drugs to their serious detriment are not bad, they are sick. These people should not be criminalized and thrown into prison. These people need help that should rightfully include love, care and treatment. As for people who freely choose to consume various and sundry chemical compounds and that consumption does not cause ill-effects, it is none of anybody else’s damn business. This goes for the guy who chooses to have a few ethanol drinks as well as the guy who chooses to consume some of the flowering tops of a common shrub. When I look at all the counter productive damage prohibitionists have done and what it continues to cost all of us, I see evidence for convictions for crimes against humanity. When I look at people freely making choices in their lives, minding their own business, not doing any measurable harm to themselves or any others, I see American patriots.

  22. ref #41,42,49,62
    I SMELL WHAT YALL ARE COOKIN. and i agree, its a weak form of lip service. im not buyin it. its just a pretty name for more of the same.maybe, no jail but, if we dont conform, we will end up there anyway. still a crime for the non criminal. please tell me people that, we are not so stupid as to swallow that pill……

  23. Now days people are going to jail ove simple possession of even a seed; cmon. We as a nation of “criminals”/pot smokers are being harrassed by people that dont smoke and have had people down playing the facts. Telling them its a gateway drug and how it ruins lives. (blah-blah)
    The facts are simple we have the right to do as we please in the privacy of our own homes…right??? Thats what we are taught to beleave anyways. Pot smokers for the most part are not violent criminals.People get violent over pot because that swhat happens when you force things underground. People lash out when being arrested because they feel violated. Its a plant,,not a small arms arsenal. It eases pain…helps you relax, helps others fall asleep at night..I am sick of not being able to blaze without the worry. I VOTE YES…..LEGALIZE NOW;either way the smokers are gonna smoke and you cant do shit about it.If you cant beat em atlease leave them the fuck alone;damn.

  24. No, this is good. Very good. There is no way they are going to come out and say “Alright, cannabis is legal now. Cheers” Slugs move faster than they do, when dealing with controversial issues. If the ONDCP director even MENTIONS treatment opposed to incarceration, that is a huge step forward, and a small victory for us. He’s starting the trend in motion.

  25. If R. Gil Kerlikowske is smart the best thing he should do is legalize and tax marijuana then use the money towards health and / or other areas that need financial help.

  26. I like how Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance mentioned in the article how “What’s important is the damn thing(Ocean Liner)is beginning to turn.”
    I’m starting to think that it may be possible for marijauana to be decriminalized by federal goverment IF Obama can win a second term. To think that serious progress can be made before then is a gamble. Should the Reps pull off a victory, marijuana legislation would, without question, be among the first policy changes by the new adminsitration. It’s an easy target and party/constituency pleasing. On the other hand, it may provide the final push for the public to take an angry stand. Until then, I’ll continue to be a criminal. Funny, I don’t feel like one. I just feel high. Duh.

  27. The fact that some irresponsible parent would get their child high should have nothing to do with how anyone determines the depth of the “problem” of marijuana. I’m sure a few people have let or encouraged their child to drink alcohol and it is still legal. Why? Because only an irresponsible person would do that to a child.There are responsible people that smoke.

  28. There are casualties of this War too. Such as the time when a local ^NY swat team raided a drug dealer’s home except it wasn’t the drug dealer’s home, it was his 76 year old neighbor. The guy had 2 dogs that started attacking the invading police force forcing the pigs to kill both dogs. The guy could’ve had a heart attack and died. They attacked an dying old man and killed 2 dogs out of cold blood for their supposed “laws” when they can’t even see up from down, left from right.
    This is a big step but it is not nearly enough. The truth is that there just isn’t enough cops like Mr. Kerlikowske. Even if they manage to listen to us, it will be because of the money… we all know they don’t care about us so we try to bribe them with incentives, such as all the tax money they could get… when it shouldn’t be about all that. It all comes down to simple compassion, compassion for your fellow sisters and brothers. That is something we all share on some level.
    They don’t know the 1st thing about that.
    So tell me something, how do you get rid of a plague that has no cure?

  29. its all polotics they are just telling us what we want to hear i wont beleive it untill i see it lies lies lies

  30. I don’t care what he calls it, the war on drugs should be ended all together, rather than sending people to mandatory treatment… Why is it that people worry so much about what others do to their own bodies, when in most religions there are consequences for messing with other people’s free will? Most of the people worried about it are those who are very religious… Hypocrites…

  31. This sounds like same old garbage to me disguised as change. They talk about forcing rehab on pot users instead of jail then if that don’t work they goto jail. Sounds like more jobs for anti-prohibitionists. They don’t plan on leaving pot smokers alone at all from the conclusions most can obviously draw from this article. This world blows.

  32. On AB390 in California.
    CAN SOMEBODY BUILD A WEBSITE SHOWING EACH REPRESENTATIVE AND THEIR SUPPORT?
    Sorry for the all caps. I keep seeing a thousand pages of forums saying the reasons it should be legal. I see hundreds of news columns talking about the existence of the bill. What I’m not seeing is a unified front, showing each representative BY NAME and whether they support or not. We should be spending our time and resources to annoy the living hell out of those individuals who are not going to support the bill. We need them to make public their intent to vote in support of the bill. We need a countdown to the deadline for their vote. If we can nail down the representatives and the deadlines we can push the support upwards to “The Governator.”
    We need for these people to know that if they neglect their constituency in this matter it will affect their reelection. Threaten their jobs and get their attention. Show that the people support this bill and are organizing against their apathy. Politicians are rich and powerful and only act when they feel its politically safe to do so. Make enough noise so they can always point to the public after the vote and say they were made to vote they way they did, for the public. Make it known that they WILL vote, they WILL vote FOR the PEOPLE, or they WILL be unemployed.
    WE NEED A WEBSITE WITH THE REPRESENTATIVES NAMES, DISTRICTS, POSITIONS AND THE END OF THEIR TERMS. WE NEED PRETTY COLOR GRAPHICS SO EVEN IDIOTS, CHILDREN AND ANIMALS CAN SEE WHERE THIS BILL STANDS.
    Make the system work. Yes there is a political law enforcement machine keeping Weed illegal. Machines break. What have you done to break the machine?

  33. “People need to understand that when they violate the law there are consequences.”
    …and Police need to realize that some laws just don’t make sense. When I’m not allowed to substitute cannabis for 3 or 4 prescribed, highly controlled medications that are proven harmful and addictive in nature, something is very wrong. The war on drugs is a war on my health and well being as far as I’m concerned. Funny thing is, weed would be cheaper as well.

  34. More government sponored / funded treatment = more tax dollars, well than, problem solved, no need to tax and regulate now. If we cant beat them, we will brainwash them. These clowns really underestimate our resolve, words will no longer pacify us. This isnt a criminal, health or safety issue, this is a freedom issue, and we will accapt no less than a true theological discussion where truth is the centerpiece. I wonder what drugs would be used to “rehabilitate” cannabis users, im betting its something we wouldnt approve of.

  35. He understands that drug abuse is a health issue. So with that in mind, he should step down and let someone who understands health issues take his place.

  36. I’m sure the for profit drug rehab centers are licking their chops to get those marijuana addicts cured of their illness. It’s nothing more than a diversion from the real issues. They have a feel good approach to dealing with marijuana issue, instead of looking at the facts

  37. fear keeps people that never smoked from doing a (bad drug) and be better off. its going to be illegal.

  38. I have seen more marijuana reform going on now than ever. We are getting a lot of media attention and lots of people are jumping on the marijuana bandwagon. EMAIL YOUR STATE REPS in favor of medical marijuana, marijuana decriminalization then legalization while we are on a roll!!!!!

  39. Brent in KY:
    Absolutely agree with you. This appears to be little more than a smoke screen or lipstick on a pig(as people have been keen on using recently). Renaming shit to “roses” doesn’t change the smell.
    While I’m hopeful that the DEA, etc. will leave the dispensaries alone, I don’t see this as anything glorious either.

  40. Richard W wrote “If the ONDCP director even MENTIONS treatment opposed to incarceration, that is a huge step forward, and a small victory for us.”
    Richard, it’s NOT a huge step forward like you suggest. Our legislators completely reversed our way of life here in the United States when they passed the Patriot Act(and its extension) without enough opposition to even make a mark despite the fact that it removed our liberties.
    Think about that for a minute. You have your liberty removed from you and it’s not even a blip on your radar but some politician waffles about how they’re going to try treatment while still maintaining that the main focus will be “tough criminal-justice enforcement” and you start thinking you’ve won some great victory.
    What we need is a politician that’ll behave more like Jesse Ventura and tell anyone opposed to go fuck themselves. Like him or hate him, he’ll tell you what he thinks and doesn’t soften his words to make you like him more so you’ll vote for him. ANY TIME a politician says “I’m going to support a lax AAA while still supporting a tough BBB”, he’s telling you the “AAA” part because that’s what you want to hear but he’s telling you that he’s going to focus on “BBB” that you choose to ignore because it *sounds* softened thanks to “AAA”.
    ——————————–
    First there’s the handshake
    It’s so warm that you could bake by it
    Designed to take attention from their
    Ugly Underneath
    ………….
    The thing with politicians is
    I wouldn’t have suspicions
    If I saw their worst positions
    And their Ugly Underneath
    But after all the voting
    Suck away the sugar coating
    Now they’ve had you and they’re gloating
    Boy it’s Ugly Underneath
    (XTC – Ugly Underneath)

  41. “The Obama administration’s new drug czar says he wants to banish the idea that the U.S. is fighting “a war on drugs,” a move that would underscore a shift favoring treatment over incarceration in trying to reduce illicit drug use.”
    Oh, well … Yeah, let’s “banish the idea” that we are fighting a war on drugs. That’s what they are saying, and this cowardly administration rather obviously intends to keep fighting the war all the same. But of course if people agree not to be able to tell that it is still going on, who in the administration will care? Apparently, nobody.
    So how could we tell that the War on Drugs is really over instead of people just in a fog about it?
    First and foremost, nobody will be under the hand of law enforcement for simple possession of any of the plant product drugs like cannabis, coca or the opiates. Distribution will be policed and punished by draconian fines unless the stuff is crossing borders which still should mean jail time. This means especially no jail time for citizen distributors unless for non-payment of fines.
    People will be able to grow any of the plant product drugs themselves for personal use up to some maximum number of plants. Agricultural production of cannabis and distribution of the non-psychoactive products will proceed without license.
    Distribution of cannabis for medical purposes can proceed without interruption where there continues to be a demand, which is bound to be minimal once the Drug War is over.
    As the threat of law enforcement is removed from simple possession, those who see themselves as problem users are more likely to seek help for compulsive behavior or real physical addictions.
    Ending the Drug War is not just about Cannabis. Ending the Drug War doesn’t have to mean complete legalization for commercial distribution. Does anyone really want or care to see Cannabis distributed as a commercial product? Does anyone really want to see commercially available Cannabis smoking products? … soda pop? … candy? … alcohol? … tobacco blends? Haven’t we got enough problems with this stuff already without introducing Cannabis into the mix?

  42. its about time that we had a different approach to this we dont have any more money to simply throw away people or even enforce victemless crimes

  43. #94 r Says:
    May 16th, 2009 at 10:48 am
    fear keeps people that never smoked from doing a (bad drug) and be better off. its going to be illegal.
    RE:
    R,
    Words of wisdom
    from erudite canine:

    Brian Griffin
    says,
    “Try and use your head and
    don’t buy in to all the fear…”

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