Rethink Drug Policy 

Rethink Drug Policy 
Posted by FoM on September 07, 1999 at 09:05:30 PT
By David A. Nichols 
Source: Arizona Daily Star 
Texas Gov. George Bush doesn't want to talk about whether or not he has a history of drug use. He hints that he may have used illegal substances, but that's in the past. He has learned his lesson and moved on. Well, so have I, so set me free. 
I have done 10 years in federal prison for a drug conspiracy in which there were no drugs. I'm assuming Bush was a user of illegal drugs. The fact that he won't make a flat denial suggests the legitimacy of the accusation. Without drug users, the drug dealers would be would be out of business and America, we know, would be a perfect, little paradise. Of course, Bush is also governor of Texas, a state that has some of the harshest drug laws in the United States. Many drug dealers (maybe even some who provided them for . . . well, anyway) are still doing long time for their non-violent, non-larcenous, consensual adult behavior. Assuming Bush may have used illegal drugs, he wants us all to forget about his (criminal?) past. Is he willing to forget about the past criminal behavior of the drug dealers and let them out of prison? Or is this just a one-way street? This is hypocrisy, I mean, politics as usual. Considering how many politicians and presidential wannabes are admitting prior drug use (and, most of them are neither brain-dead nor homicidal-maniacs), perhaps it is time for America to rethink its drug policy. Until then, America, be careful whom you elect. There are some mighty slick hypocrites out there who would put you or your children in prison for a mighty long time for behavior that does not violate the rights of others, but they want you to forget their equally felonious past indiscretions.David A. Nichols Tuesday, 7 September 1999Just Saying No Might Not Be Enough - 9/07/99
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