Drug policy counterexample

Common Sense for Drug Policy has published the following letter by Norm Kent, former Hofstra University roommate of Norm Coleman:

My friend Norman:

Years ago, in a lifetime far away, you did not oppose the legalization of marijuana... Sure, we had to tape the doors shut, burn incense and open the windows...yet we grew up okay, without the help of the Office of National Drug Control Policy's advice.

We grew up to become lawyers. Our other friends, as you go down the list, are doctors, professors, parents, political consultants and professionals. No one ever got cancer from smoking pot or diabetes from using a joint.

You never said then that pot was dangerous. What was scary then, and is frightening now, is when national leaders become voices of hypocrisy, harbingers of the status quo, and protect their own position instead of the public good.

In your public life, as an attorney general, mayor and United States senator, you have been in the forefront of speaking out against abuses which are harmful. You have been a noble and honorable public servant... How about admitting that if the Rockefeller drug laws were applied to Norman Bruce Coleman on Long Island in 1968, or to me, or to our friends, and fellow students, you, I and others we knew and loved might just be getting out of jail now?

How about standing up and saying: "I, Norm Coleman, smoked pot in 1969." That "I am not a gang member, a drug addict or a criminal." How about saying: "I was able to responsibly integrate my prior pot use into my life, and still succeed on my own merits."

How about standing up not only for who you are, but who you were?

Norm Kent

Picture of letter here. Link via Radley Balko.

While the tactic of outing former drug users seems a little invasive, once a guy gets in a position of power and uses it to continue the war against drug users it seems to me like he's fair game. I wish more old college roommates would do this.

Before I get anyone trying to argue that point, let me state that one of the pillars on which drug policy is based is that all use is abuse; it is simply not possible to use drugs responsibly. Clearly it didn't harm Norm Coleman that much, nor a large number of his old friends.

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If thats the case why do we still sell alcohol and cigarettes ??
Seems to me even this blog or whomever wrote this is still in the dark as to the truth concerning marijuana,And no it has NEVER been proven to cause any ill effects to the extent that cigarettes or alcohol has.
Not only that but if this so called "DRUG" were de-criminalised we would see a sharp decline in the jail population,a significant decrease in crimes,we could also use this as a alternative fuel source,it would pay off the national debt,and help alot of people with pain ,Wake up !! does alcohol or cigarettes do ALL that ?? NO.