Ethan A. Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, writes in the
WSJ today, "Let's End Drug Prohibition". "Today is the 75th anniversary of that blessed day in 1933 when Utah became the 36th state and deciding state to ratify the 21st amendment, thereby repealing the 18th amendment. This ended the nations disastrous experiment with alcohol prohibition. The Americans who voted in 1993 to repeal prohibition differed greatly in their reasons for overturning the system. But almost all agreed that the evils of failed suppression far outweighed the evils of alcohol consumption."
John Walter, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control, writes and opposing view in the WSJ. Walter writes, "Our Drug Policy is a Success", 'whatever challenges await him Obama will not have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to keeping the lid on the use of illegal drugs. Our policy has been a success..... Last March, our Coast guard seized a one month's supply of cocaine destined for the U.S.....'(while two months supply of other drugs were coming in through our porous 2000 mile border between our country and Mexico) "No comparison with the 127 million drinkers and the 20 million drug users...."
Somewhere, somehow, this country is going to have to open up a national debate as to whose facts are wrong or whose facts are right. And weigh all successes and failures, just as was done on alcohol prohibition and the 21st amendment. It will be a long and hard debate. Nadelmann says "we need to promote vigorous and informed debate. The worst prohibition, after all is a prohibition on thinking"
I can speak with some authority on the subject. On March 9, 2007, Dee (Widmer) Keaton and I lost our son, a victim of the illegal drug trade that has contaminated almost every city in this country including infested area's of Peoria known by every drug interdiction officer in this city..And most any local police officer.
It's past time for a national debate. Unfortunately, the president-elect has 172 promises before he gets to this national disgrace that affects ONLY 20 MILLION users in the U.S. (and another 20 million Mr. Walter doesn't know about).