To follow up on Pete’s post regarding political conservatives favoring an end to prohibition I must add that now is a great chance to start working to place a drug policy reform candidate on the GOP 2012 presidential ticket. We can wait for Congress to reschedule cannabis and other substances, and pass more reform oriented legislation, but the legislative process is long and cumbersome. Unfortunately the Supreme Court doesn’t seem very promising either in bringing an end to the unjust drug prohibition and ultimately a significant change would likely have to come from the executive branch. Nixon declared the war, Kerlikowske said it is over, but liberty hasn’t been restored and people are still in prison.
Now Obama seems bent on getting reelected so much so that he won’t do anything drastic on this issue in a first term that could jeopardize his chances. However, let’s just hypothesize that if he were to get reelected then he might actually change some policies. This might be tough for some readers to assume but he has made some strong statements about the ills of the drug war. But let us assume this for now and as a movement do our part to make it easiest for the president, whoever it may be, to end this prohibition.
The best thing that drug policy reformers can and should be doing now is to mobilize behind Republican reform candidates. If we can get a Republican candidate who supports drug policy reform on the ballot against Obama, then we have shifted the debate from “should we?” to “how do we end prohibition?” That type of shift would help the general public’s perception of the issue too. In fact, the O’Rielly Factor had two segments this past week on prohibition, one blasting the DPA video and the other discussing Freedom Watch’s questions distinguishing the positions of Ron Paul and Sarah Palin on legalizing cannabis.
The Our America Initiative pushing former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson into the national spotlight feels like our best shot in my opinion. He easily could be considered a toned down Ron Paul and with the Republican field looking like the horse race that it is, I think this is our best bet for getting a good candidate on the ticket in order to bring about an end to this failed policy.