Chris Christie: The War On Drugs Isn’t Working
A short clip, submitted for your consideration here:
Christie isn’t really talking about legalization or decriminalization here, of course, and it took him awhile after he became Governor to get on board with New Jersey’s medical marijuana program. Nonetheless, he’s making a good point here. Since the Nixon Administration, the response to drug use has been longer and stiffer jail sentences, even for people caught with small amounts of drugs. It’s not working and more than Prohibition worked. For some of these people, a more appropriate sentence would be diversion into an addiction treatment program. For the others, unless they’ve committed an act of violence, crowding our jails with people who haven’t actually hurt anyone seems silly and wasteful.