I try not to ever seriously admonish anyone to WATCH THIS VIDEO!
But, WATCH THIS VIDEO! Every. Body. Just watch it.
Ethan Nadelmann: Why we need to end the War on Drugs
It’s so very impassioned. This is his life. He gets everything exactly right in terms of the insanity of drug prohibition. Here’s the transcript, should you prefer to read.
I’m not interested in regulating anything ever in a top-down, initiation of force manner; and every cent ever collected in “taxes” is a giant euphemism for theft and robbery. But I try not to quibble too loudly when a better direction is being taken concomitant with less harm to good people and those they love.
Funny, prescient quote at about 6 minutes in:
Put it this way, and I exaggerate only slightly: If the principal smokers of cocaine were affluent older white men and the principal consumers of Viagra were poor young black men, then smokable cocaine would be easy to get with a prescription from your doctor and selling Viagra would get you five to 10 years behind bars.
Go take a watch.