I'm excited to watch this. It's been my sense that we're headed toward a win on this one. Maybe not a wholesale win and maybe not quickly, but a win the hard, tedious way that, perhaps, huge policy changes should be made. Even my father, with whom I've argued for years on this subject is championing a bill to change MJ possession from criminal to misdemeanor in his state. I never thought I'd see the day!
He, and I suspect many of the folks in the midst of changing their minds about drug laws, are doing so on pragmatic grounds -- it's not working to diminish drug use; it's costing us too much. I hope that this change of thinking acts as something of a spearhead, prompting folks to question the basis on which we make laws and wage social wars. I hope that we can help frame the DRUG issue in such a way that we help folks see that using efficacy and pragmatic approaches to lawmaking condemns us to endless experimentation. Let's see if this works! No? Well, how 'bout this one. No? Well, how about what they're trying over yonder.
My hope (and personal intent) is to use the fall of the drug war mentality to encourage folks to be excited about the possibility that we don't have to make laws and policies to solve every problem, that lawmakers don't have to jump up in class shouting, "I have the answer," to every problem society poses. I hope that we can give folks a glimpse of what a "free" government -- not enslaved to providing every solution, jumping to every boo, and boo-boo -- could be.
Too often, libertarian-speak is about what government shouldn't do. We fail to provide a positive image of what government should do. I think we could use the demise of the drug war to help pragmatist types see how cool it is to think in terms of fundamentals and principles. To let in our country's principles of trust in The People, run deep enough so that it becomes cool to just sit on your hands, refuse to answer (even when you're sure you know), and trust. Trust in the principles of each person's liberty. Trust that you'll be wrong a good measure of the time.
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