Irrelevant

January 26, 2011
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The President gave a speech tonight. I missed it, cause I was watching season four of my boxed set of Farscape DVDs.

However, I did a quick search of key words in the prepared text:

  • “Drug policy” – 0
  • “Drug war” – 0
  • “Marijuana” – 0
  • “Cannabis” – 0
  • “Hemp” – 0
  • “Cocaine” – 0
  • “Coca” – 0
  • “Heroin” – 0
  • “Legalization” – 0
  • “Decriminalization” – 0
  • “Prohibition” – 0
  • “Mexico” – 0
  • “Cartel” – 0
  • “Bolivia” – 0
  • “Prison” – 0
  • “Incarceration” – 0
  • “Mandatory minimums” – 0
  • “SWAT” – 0
  • “Drugs” – 1 (prescription drugs)
  • “Afghanistan” – 1 (no talk of drugs)
  • “Colombia” – 1 (trade)

Isn’t it nice to know that drug policy is such a small issue that it has no relevance to the state of the union?

Remember, the very last place to expect or look for action or even acknowledgment regarding drug policy reform is from the people who were gathered in the Capitol tonight.

It will come from you, from your friends, from your acquaintances, from you reaching out to ordinary people who will tell their friends.

A few days ago, I had a group of friends and acquaintances over to my house for a friendly gathering with good scotch and good cheese. At one point, I mentioned that I had some knowledge of drug policy, and for the next 30-40 minutes, we talked about the drug war. I told them about asset forfeiture and a host of other drug war atrocities, and they got angry. We still had a great time that evening, but there are now 10 more people who want to do something about this.

That’s how it’s done. Not by electing a President.

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Pete Guither is the editor of drugwarrant.com

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