As most of you are aware, I’m heavily engaged in promoting the medical marijuana bill in Alabama. The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) has provided us with a great deal of support in this regard. In today’s Huffington Post, Walter Cronkite promoted the DPA and took on the War on Drug Users. From the article:
I covered the Vietnam War. I remember the lies that were told, the lives that were lost – and the shock when, twenty years after the war ended, former Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara admitted he knew it was a mistake all along.
Today, our nation is fighting two wars: one abroad and one at home. While the war in Iraq is in the headlines, the other war is still being fought on our own streets. Its casualties are the wasted lives of our own citizens.
I am speaking of the war on drugs.
And I cannot help but wonder how many more lives, and how much more money, will be wasted before another Robert McNamara admits what is plain for all to see: the war on drugs is a failure.
While the politicians stutter and stall – while they chase their losses by claiming we could win this war if only we committed more resources, jailed more people and knocked down more doors – the Drug Policy Alliance continues to tell the American people the truth – “the way it is.
The world could sure use a few more Walter Cronkites and Harry Brownes.