Arianna Huffington on Drugs
2004 former Independent Challenger for CA Governor
HUFFINGTON: I support it. The difference is that I would actually fight the Bush administrationís efforts, not just on medical marijuana, but on our clean air policies, on our oil drilling policies, to try constantly despite the pretensions that they like stateís rights, to try to circumvent the will of the people of California.
While Noelle has been given every break in the book--and then some--her father has made it harder for others in her position to get the help they need by cutting the budgets of drug treatment and drug court programs in his state. He has also actively opposed a proposed ballot initiative that would send an estimated 10,000 nonviolent drug offenders into treatment instead of jail.
Jeb's inconsistent attitude on the issue--treatment and privacy for his daughter, incarceration and public humiliation for everyone else--is part and parcel of the galling hypocrisy that infects America's insane drug war on every level.
Only 1/3 of the anti-drug budget is earmarked for education, prevention, and treatment programs; the remaining 2/3 go to the higher-profile trio of interdiction, supply reduction, and law enforcement.
Drug abuse is the only market in which the government thinks it can suspend the laws of supply and demand.
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