Students for Sensible Drug Policy have established a petition on Facebook that they wish to deliver to President-Elect Obama
The petition request is reasonable (and certainly not overly ambitious):
When you called the War on Drugs an “utter failure” in 2004, you were right. A 2008 Zogby poll found that 3 out of 4 of Americans agree with you.
When appointing the head of your Office of National Drug Control Policy, please select someone with health, science, or education credentials rather than a military general, law enforcement official, or “tough on drugs” politician. The next “Drug Czar” should base policy on proven methodology rather than counterproductive ideology. At a minimum, he or she should support these measures:
*Ending the racially unjust disparity in sentencing for crack and powder cocaine.
*Ending the practice of prosecuting patients in states with medical marijuana laws.
*Eliminating the federal law that denies financial aid to students with drug convictions.
We all know that the War on Drugs is failing because handcuffs don’t cure addictions — doctors do. You have the opportunity to bring us the change we need. Will you?
They’re working on getting 10,000 signatures. Give them a hand.
Update: If you’re not on Facebook, then by all means skip the petition (you apparently have to have an account to sign the petition). There are other ways to put forth your views (such as through change.gov). I’ve also added a new area on the messageboard for readers’ messages to the President-elect. [thanks, jackl]