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Making Peace With Drugs

A Dynamic Project To Reform Our Harmful Drug Policy

Our country needs to tolerate adult drug use. Until we do, there is no possible way to achieve the principal purpose of drug policy as stated by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy—protection of minors. Changes in our country wrought by the massive illegal drug market, for which we must thank our anti-drug laws, cannot be overcome any other way—especially not by more criminal punishment. As things stand, we have no practical means of separating young people from the pervasive illegal dealers and small-scale user-dealers operating in every county of the nation. On the other hand with [...]
  • KILL THE DRUG TRADE Ending the war on drugs in a System of Toleration, Counseling, and Control The book is written for the general reader as well as for professionals interested in drug policy including policy [...]

Retired Police Captain Demolishes the War on Drugs

The following video is a brief talk by a very articulate retired police captain. He explains why we should never have prohibited drugs in the first place. This is not an argument for uncontrolled legalization or commercialization, but for a recognition that our current policy cannot be justified.

Kevin Sabet Debates Governor Gary Johnson at Yale University

The following video is a debate moderated by addiction psychiatrist, Dr. Sally Satel, M.D., between former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson and Dr. Kevin Sabet, Director of the Drug Policy Institute at University of Florida. Both speakers make valid points for and against legalization, which to me shows why our country needs to coalesce around my idea of a controlled dispensary system that tolerates adult use of drugs.

Judge Jim Gray vs Kevin Sabet Debate

The following video is a debate, again with Dr. Kevin Sabet, but against retired Orange County, CA Superior Court Judge, James Gray. Judge Gray makes a compelling argument for what he calls control and regulation, which he sees as different from legalization. He would retail the drugs the way we retail alcohol. He insists this is not legalization, because of the regulations and controls that apply. I happen to disagree with Judge Gray on that fine point, but I applaud his standing up for tolerating adult use of drugs safely manufactured by regulated pharmaceutical companies rather than concocted in Mexican labs.