The excellent Maia Szalavitz takes on Project Sam: The New Weed Whackers
In fact, I canâ€™t really get my head around why people who have suffered addiction would support criminalizationâ€”especially people like Kennedy whose top talking point is that addiction is a disease. For one, isn’t the very fact that they themselves got addicted evidence of the failure of current drug policy? If prohibition worked as prevention, illegal drug addicts wouldnâ€™t have a story of their own to tell.
Second, if arresting and incarcerating users is essential to effective treatment, why argue that addiction is a disease? No one says we should arrest diabetics for failing to take their insulin or heart patients who donâ€™t exercise. Nor is anyone calling for jailing obese people caught within 500 feet of a McDonaldâ€™s or criminalizing the possession of non-diet soda, despite New Yorkers’ complaints about Mayor Bloomberg’s “nanny state.”
I know we’ve already pretty thoroughly dismantled Sabet and Kennedy’s efforts here, but it’s still nice to see this particular take-down.