Robert Sharpe has a good letter in the Dallas News in response to Kevin Sabet.
Don’t be fooled by Sabet’s vision of a kinder, gentler drug war.
The vast majority of illicit drug users are marijuana smokers, many of whom have turned their lives around by putting down the bottle and picking up the marijuana pipe.
These former alcoholics no longer wake up with debilitating hangovers. They are no longer at risk of drinking themselves to death. Because they have chosen a safer alternative to alcohol, they now lead productive lives.
Yes, some have substance abuse problems stemming from traumatic life experiences. The last thing they need is Big Brother testing their bodily fluids and threatening jail time. Forcing pot smokers to relapse into alcoholism is not a good use of tax dollars.
The drug war is a cultural inquisition, not a public health campaign.