Drug Policies So Bad They Make Me Defend Potheads

Lord knows that the world doesn’t need any more drunks or potheads, and I support neither. But it doesn’t need a justice system that is highly incentivized to target and prosecute these folks either-that only seems to compound these woes. I have never written a letter to the editor before but I was mildly annoyed that as the legislature of my state of Maryland debates the first real proposed changes to marijuana prohibition in decades, all of the articles in my local paper were from quite respected members of local law enforcement who were highly critical of even the smallest changes/experiments. What none of those articles mentioned is how completely dependent police budgets are on the current drug-war status quo, and how this “drug dependency” (if you will) might distort the lens of their viewpoint. Anyway here is the article I angrily emailed off to the editor one morning after reading a front page of the local paper filled with such articles… 

It Is Time to Identify the Real Drug Addict

Like an addict worried where he will get his next fix or a pusher worried about losing his best customer, Maryland police organizations are absolutely apoplectic at the prospect of any real experiments with marijuana decimalization. Much like the police, I’m concerned with substance abuse and the prospect that an abuser might drive. But then again, all of the secondary concerns brought up by police, such as impaired driving and child neglect, are already crimes and will remain so even after marijuana decimalization. I am likewise concerned that youth with try any harmful substance including alcohol, tobacco, or marijuana, but it is simply being realistic to acknowledge that most will try these are some point in their youth. However, what concerns me far more are the waste, damage, and discrimination done by current prohibition policies: young lives ruined by criminal convictions, African-Americans prosecuted at much higher rates, high-level drug dealers who are further empowered and enriched, and many similar unintended yet worse consequences of the marijuana war. Much the same as we learned with Alcohol Prohibition, current marijuana laws have done little but waste police resources, hurt the potential of our youth, and benefit dealers. After 40 or more years with the current, misguided policies, common sense tells us that it is time to experiment with change.  Don’t let police continue to use our youth as easy targets and a revenue stream. Let’s break law enforcement’s addiction to marijuana convictions.

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1 Response to “Drug Policies So Bad They Make Me Defend Potheads”


  1. 1 Dick Dangler March 21, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Consider this, slightly over 90% of people who uses drugs do so responsibly. Of the less than 10% that do suffer from addiction/dependency, only a small percentage of them commit crimes to fund their addictions. So to incarcerate 100% of those caught, who uses drugs in attempt to control the fewer than 10% that might commit crimes is idiotic at best. I’m mean really whats the likely hood of Lindsey Lohan or Jim Irsay ripping off your car radio. As with alcohol not everyone who drinks is an alcoholic, but for those who are, there is available treatment to assist them, no one is arrested unless they break an actual law, this is the approach we should take with all drugs, and stop punishing and demonizing those who uses their drug of choice responsibly. Focus on offering readily available treatment to those dealing with issues of substance abuse and save those billions we are throwing away year after year, and fix these darn potholes, schools, and bridges


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