A ghoulish shade from the past has come forth to haunt us once again. Yes, it’s John P. Walters! [cue: cheesy scary music]
Walters, the former Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy from 2001 to 2009, gave a presentation titled “Pot: Hot or Not? The Young, American Democracy, and the Drug Problem,” addressing the effects of marijuana and illicit drugs and their potential legalization.
As usual, he has this wonderful way of taking one of the destructive elements of prohibition and pretending it’s a feature:
“The use of court-mandated treatment has helped get people the care they need,” Walters said.
Walters presented statistics that showed the the criminal justice system is the largest reason people enter treatment.
“It would be nice if people could be educated by family members or friends, but ultimately the single greatest source of intervention and treatment begins with the criminal justice system,” Walters said.
You see, the criminal justice system is simply helping people. They should be grateful when they’re arrested and put in jail.
Yes, the criminal justice system is the largest reason people enter treatment, but that’s because it sweeps up a whole lot of people who don’t need treatment.