I just read an email I received from L.E.A.P (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition). This is a subject that has been brought up and discussed here for the last several weeks and is also an issue that is gaining more attention nationally in the wake of news coverage of border/cartel violence, California, and Massachusetts' proposed legislation to legalize marijuana, and Obama's joking dismissal of the issue in yesterday's town hall. So figured it was pertinent, I am curious to see what people think on this aspect of the Drug policy issue.
From the email I received:
So the question is, notwithstanding current laws, but looking forward, do you think that our drug problem should be a criminal issue, or should it be treated as a health issue?As you probably know, President Barack Obama recently appointed Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske as his White House "drug czar," more formally known as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
That means that the U.S. Senate will soon hold a hearing to question and confirm Chief Kerlikowske. Historically, the drug czar confirmation hearings are held in the Senate Judiciary Committee, the panel that handles crime and courts issues.
But, since many observers - including the president himself - have said that drug abuse is primarily a health concern, don't you think that the drug czar confirmation should be handled by the lawmakers who oversee such issues?
That's why I'm writing you today.
Please take one minute to visit Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and send a letter to your two U.S. senators, asking them to support moving the drug czar confirmation hearing to the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, a much more appropriate forum
And I will confess.. although this is primarily driven by wanting to see what people think on the matter, the exposure and potential for people to agree and follow the link to L.E.A.P. and submit a letter to their representative is just a bonus.