“We are speaking of a plague that consumes an estimated $75 billion per year of public money, exacts an estimated $70 billion a year from consumers, is responsible for nearly 50 percent of the million Americans who are today in jail, occupies an estimated 50 percent of the trial time of our judiciary, and takes the time of 400,000 policemen — yet a plague for which no cure is at hand, nor in prospect.”
— William F. Buckley Jr. writing about the war on drugs
When one of the most conservative journalists in the United States declares the so-called war on drugs a huge drain on our nation’s resources and a lost cause, it has quit being a liberal issue and has become an American issue. We can no longer afford to muddle our way through a medical problem by pretending it is a legal problem.
Hopefully President Obama will use his common sense when it comes to the treatment of this disease.