The release of the new Drug Policy Budget Request isn’t just a time for us to moan about the lack of change, the power of the entrenched interests, or the failure of the system.
It’s an opportunity to write letters to the editor.
Everybody knows that we’re out of money, that states are scraping to find ways to pay for critical services, that towns can’t afford to fix potholes, and that the federal government has sold our mortgage to China. This is a great opportunity to ask people why we’re actually increasing the budget for programs that have been demonstrated (by the government) to be failures and do nothing but make drug kingpins rich at taxpayer expense.
Get enough of these letters printed around the country and the Representatives in Congress are going to start noticing (you can also, of course, write your Representative directly, but don’t ignore the power of the LTE). Here are some tips.