Which former US Attorney declared the United States war on drugs "a failure"?
None other than New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Cocaine and heroin are now no longer the prime targets. Prescription painkiller drug abuse is now the new top priority.
John Kerry, upon returning from Vietnam and before he entered politics, famously asked how do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?
Who wants to be the last Judge to sentence someone to a 15 or 25 year drug minimum mandatory?
When Governor Christie called the drug war a failure, he said that the war "imprisoned people who really needed treatment."
A quick aside about minimum mandatory sentences- where do they come from? How did the Florida Legislature decide that 28 grams of cocaine should merit a three year minimum mandatory prison sentence? Why not 30 grams and two years? Were studies done? Was there any rationale behind the 3 or 5 or 7 or 15 year minimum mandatory sentence? Or did we just lock people up for the hell of it, because the numbers sounded nice?
Here's the NY Times article on the drug war.
Donald Sobol, the author of Encyclopedia Brown passed away at age 87. And author Stephen Covey who wrote the 7 Habits of Highly Effectively People also passed away, he at age 79.
The BBC reports that President Assad of Syria may use chemical weapons against his own people. Nice.
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