We have some amazing discussions in the comments section here and I tend to let them run without interfering too much. Lately, though, it has, on occasion, gotten a bit contentious among people of differing views who should be working together.
With the new year, it’s probably a good time for me to clarify once again the views of this site.
Drug WarRant believes in working toward the ultimate goal of the legalization of currently illicit drugs. That legalization could include different regulation regimes for different drugs. Legalization is defined as a state where “responsible adults may legally acquire, possess, and use a particular drug, although there may be restrictions on time, place and manner.”
Legalization of all drugs is important as a matter of individual liberty. It is also a matter of extreme importance to eliminate the horrendous worldwide damage caused by prohibition. Any “solution” that doesn’t dismantle the criminal prohibition regime and dramatically reduce the black market profits/corruption is incomplete.
In an ideal world, we would eliminate prohibition today, all at once. Some prefer to push for that approach. Others believe that it can only happen in steps â€” that legalization of marijuana (the largest of the illicit drugs) is a major step in dismantling the prohibition regime, making it easier to tackle the other drugs â€” or that legalizing medical marijuana will make it easier for the people to accept the idea of legalizing recreational marijuana.
We welcome all those looking for drug policy reform to this site. That includes those who may only be focused on one aspect of reform (such as medical marijuana, recreational marijuana, freeing up opioid pain management, harm reduction techniques, prison reform, oxycontin for fun, etc., etc.) The fact that they are focused on one area doesn’t mean that they are antagonistic to the bigger picture (nor are they hypocrites). As disagreements occur, educating others on our side as to why your approach to the big picture is important is fine â€” a great idea. However, spending lots of time calling allies names is unproductive.
Drug Policy Reform is a tiring business (I know â€” I’ve been writing this blog for over 6 years). It certainly feels like we should be able to go faster, and it’s frustrating to see the same lies and deceits in the media and our government officials. And yet, progress is being made, and it’s because of us. It’s because we’re doing a better job of educating the public as to the truth of drug policy issues than the government is doing with propagandizing them.
Drug policy reform can be a messy coalition. Conservatives have a set of good reasons to want reform, which may be different from the set of good reasons of liberal drug policy reformers. Hippies, corporatists, capitalists, environmentalists, Christians, atheists, ex-cons, ex-cops all have disagreements, yet can all have compelling reasons to support drug policy reform. If we want to build the critical mass that will force politicians to follow us, we need all those disparate views
So let’s make an effort to avoid calling our allies names. If you find yourself doing that too often, channel that into something productive. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper (or one of thousands across the country) â€” go to MAPinc for help in writing letters, or finding papers to write, or finding how you can volunteer as a newshawk. Or volunteer to help Law Enforcement Against Prohibition set up speaker engagements.
Thanks to all of you for your passion, your commitment, and your determination to end the destruction of prohibition.
Let’s work together toward another good year.