Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Meet the 24-year-old Trump campaign worker appointed to  help lead the government's drug Policy office

We do  not need a Drug Czar!

The War on Drugs has been going on for far too long. It is time to end it, eliminate the "Drug Czar" and the agency he/she administers. This is the agency that conceived the ad This is your Brain on Drugs. This ad was aimed at young people and it's purpose was to keep them from using marijuana. Not only was it ineffective, it had no educational value.

President Trump was not wrong when he contemplated eliminating this agency. Substance dependence should be treated as a public health issue and removed from the criminal justice system. We should acknowledge that this huge social experiment has been fiscally irresponsible. We need to pivot to a public health model. Court ordered treatment only adds a costly layer to the system. Of course we need ample and readily available treatment, but stop the involvement of law enforcement and call it what it is - a public health issue.

In the meantime we need to correct some of the most egregious tragedies that resulted from the drug war. Just one of those tragedies is the reality of nonviolent people who are serving sentences of life without parole for marijuana while billions of dollars are being invested into burgeoning cannabis businesses.

Let's end the war on drugs and the use of war metaphors to solve social problems. It is not fiscally responsible and is not just.

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