Ideas are fantastic. So why not have an idea machine? SSDP has one and his name is Micah Daigle. His latest idea is a facebook petition that has generated nearly 17,000 signatures. What’s this petition all about you ask? Well, its calling on President Elect Obama to reform U.S. drug policy.
We petition that…
When you called the War on Drugs an “utter failure” in 2004, you were right. A 2008 Zogby poll found that 3 out of 4 of Americans agree with you.
When appointing the head of your Office of National Drug Control Policy, please select someone with health, science, or education credentials rather than a military general, law enforcement official, or “tough on drugs” politician. The next “Drug Czar” should base policy on proven methodology rather than counterproductive ideology. At a minimum, he or she should support these measures:
*Ending the racially unjust disparity in sentencing for crack and powder cocaine.
*Ending the practice of prosecuting patients in states with medical marijuana laws.
*Eliminating the federal law that denies financial aid to students with drug convictions.
We all know that the War on Drugs is failing because handcuffs don’t cure addictions — doctors do. You have the opportunity to bring us the change we need. Will you?
*Note: By the time I finished writing this, the petition has exceed 17,000 signatures!
Yes we can… have sensible drug policies.