I’ve been a huge fan of Superior Court Judge Jim Gray, author of the fabulous book Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed and What We Can Do About It: A Judicial Indictment of the War on Drugs.
Well, he’s running for Senate in California as a Libertarian, and there’s a nice recent interview in LA CityBEAT that’s worth reading.
Here’s a quote that caught my attention:
I have been told by two sitting congressmen in Orange County that many folks in Washington realize the war on drugs is not winnable, but it’s eminently fundable. They are addicted to the money. If Judge Jim Gray were to be elected to the United States Senate from California, having been very straightforward with regard to where I stand on the drug war, it would be such a revolution that that alone would get the federal government out of the marijuana prohibition business. And believe me, it’s a big business. It’s institutionally corrupting.
Yep, he understands it: “…many folks in Washington realize the war on drugs is not winnable, but it’s eminently fundable. … it’s a big business. It’s institutionally corrupting.”
That’s exactly what we’re fighting.
If you’re in California, please send Gray to Washington.