Because freedom can't protect itself
It's about time our country recognized that a lot of Americans like to get high with something other than alcohol. If the government really wanted to make people safe then it would legalize every recreational drug that's safer than booze.
That would retain alcohol as the most harmful recreational drug legally available while at the same time giving people the option to legally choose alternatives that are safer than alcohol - this is definitely NOT something that we're allowed to do under prohibition.
If the government really wants to keep us safe then why is it bending over backwards to make us unsafe?
Gil, get your mouth away from my money.
You are the most ignorant person on drugs that I know.
It is good that people are starting to realize that drug addiction has little to do with morals and more to do with chemistry. Sadly, our drug czar has too many "friends" to loose from the end of Marijuana Prohibition.
I just hope that they understand that a new era is coming and it's going to be a lot harder to pull the wool over the internet generations eyes. New tricks will be needed if they are going to blatently spread misinformation and stand in the way of truth.
Arresting pot smokers was not Gil's priority when he was SPD chief. I saw a lot of positive changes in the department, and a resulting more popular perception of the department in the eyes of the citizens. So maybe I am not as cynical, or perhaps not as progressive as the writer of this article, but I can appreciate the battle Gil faces in challenging those governmental forces vested in perpetuating the war on drugs. It is a fine line, but DOJ and the rest of the current administration appear to be moving forward.
My previous thoughtfully composed comment was banned. To quote:
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