After decades of fighting, billions of dollars spent, millions of incarcerated Americans, via the Drug War Rant I see that we finally have the solution to our drug crisis.
If you guessed the solution would be to partially decriminalize possession and consumption of marijuana, you would be wrong.
If you guessed ending mandatory minimums for non-violent drug offenders, you would be wrong.
If you guessed this new solution would be a dramatic increase in rehabilitation and treatment and less reliance on excessive incarceration, you would be wrong.
If you guessed it would be to introduce realistic and believable drug education programs, ones in which the police and authorities would stop suggesting that marijuana is as dangerous as crack cocaine, you would be wrong.
If you guessed authorities would investigate areas hardest hit by drug abuse, and look to change the overall sociological, economic, and political underpinnings which makes the citizens more vulnerable to drug addiction, and taking the necessary steps to help these people change their circumstances, you would be wrong.
What then, could be the ultimate solution we have been looking for?
Restricting the sale of cold medicine:
Restricting sales of cold meds key to war on drugs
FOR 10 years, the increased usage and manufacturing of methamphetamine has been a serious drain on law enforcement’s resources and time. The drug, a cheap cocaine if you will, is firmly rooted in our state, particularly in the Central Valley, which is considered the capital of methamphetamine manufacturing.
Now, after flourishing under the radar screen of many people and politicians, meth has been placed in the spotlight in recent weeks and now is being addressed by Congress. But acknowledgment is not in your typical drug war rhetoric or legislation.
The new offensive in the war against methamphetamine is happening down at your neighborhood drug store.
Believe it or not, the cold medicines that we buy to battle coughs and runny noses are at the heart of the war against meth. Unlike its intended use, medication such as Sudafed is being used as a key ingredient in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
As someone who has dealt with people ravaged by drug addiction, this idiotic mentality on the part of our government just depresses me. And this in no way is intended to minimize how dangerous the meth epidemic is in our country, because it is a serious problem. In West Virginia alone, meth labs are everywhere and growing at an alarming rate, and restricting the sale of OTC drugs will have a short-term effect.
But it isn’t the solution to drug addiction. Merely attacking the supply never is.
Oh, screw it. Go read all of Mark Kleiman’s research on this topic (scroll down through his vita and you will find the links), and in particular, this piece. And for the Drug Warriors in the audience, if you think Kleiman, simply because he is a squishy liberal, is just another NORML rope-smoker, you will be surprised.
And, if you want the global hysteria over drugs encapsulated in less than 50 words, I offer you this:
Bali Sentencing Logic:
Smuggle 4 kilos of drugs into Bali, get 20 years in prison.
Blow up a nightclub in Bali and kill over 200 poeople? Get less than 3 years.
*** Update ***
Mark says I am all washed up, but I still maintain that this is nothing more than a quick fix.
And, again, I am not against this- I am merely ridiculing the idea that this is ‘the key’ or ‘the solution’ to our drug problems.