November 13, 2012
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President,
We urge you to respect the wishes of the voters of Colorado and Washington and refrain from federal prosecution of the inhabitants of those states who will be following their states’ laws with regard to the use of marijuana.
We have sponsored legislation at the federal level to remove criminal penalties for the use of marijuana because of our belief in individual freedom. We recognize that this has not yet become national policy, but we believe there are many strong reasons for your administration to allow the states of Colorado and Washington to set the policies they believe appropriate in this regard, without the federal government overriding the choices made by the voters of these states.
Respect for the rights of states to set policies on those matters that primarily affect their own residents argues for federal noninterference in this case, as does respect for the wishes of the voters – again, on matters that primarily affect those in the relevant electorate. Additionally, we believe that scarce federal resources – law enforcement, prosecutorial, judicial, and penal – should not be expended in opposition to the wishes of the voters of Colorado and Washington, given the responsibility of all federal officials to find ways to withhold unwise or unnecessary expenditures.
We believe that respecting the wishes of the electorates of Colorado and Washington and allowing responsible state authorities to carry out those wishes will provide valuable information in an important national debate. Our request does not mean any permanent waiver of the ability of the federal government to enforce national laws should there be negative consequences of these state decisions – which we do not believe are at all likely – and thus we have as a result of these two states’ decisions a chance to observe in two states the effect of the policy that we continue to believe would be wise for the country as a whole. Those who disagree with us should welcome the opportunity to put their theories to a test.
Respect for the principles of democracy; respect for the states to make decisions on matters that primarily affect the residents of those states; the chance to conserve scarce federal financial resources – these we believe are many strong reasons for you to defer to the state decisions, and we believe that even those who do not share our view that personal liberty should dictate this result should have no objection to your acting on these principles in this case.
Rep. Ron Paul
Rep. Barney Frank
True racism in this country is in the judicial system. The percentage of people who use drugs are about the same with blacks and whites. And yet the blacks are arrested way disproportionately. They’re prosecuted and imprisoned way disproportionately. They get the death penalty way disproportionately.
If we truly want to be concerned about racism, you ought to look at a few of those issues and look at the drug laws, which are being so unfairly enforced.
- Ron Paul
The war on drugs, as Barack Obama once admitted in 2004, has been an utter failure. As we know from alcohol prohibition and now marijuana prohibition, making a popular substance illegal is a poor strategy for both decreasing use of the substance and for decreasing the potentially harmful effects of the substance. Some research has suggested that laxer drug laws may actually decrease the use of drugs. Portugal, for instance, has lower drug usage rates than the United States.
Despite the evidence which at the very least warrants an open debate about reforming America’s drug laws, few if any politicians are willing to embrace the issue. This is not the case with Ron Paul. For all his faults, Paul is the only candidate who seems to understand the far-reaching, dangerous effects of our strict drug laws and one of these effects is blatant racism.
The evidence strongly backs Paul’s statements. We know that there is a wildly disproportionate number of black people in prison, based on statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Justice.
We also know that two-thirds of federal inmates are incarcerated due to drug offenses. The number of people incarcerated in America has increased dramatically since the 1980s when Ronald Reagan began imposing a series of harsh laws and tactics to combat drug use. The passage of his Anti-Drug Abuse Act in 1986 caused an unprecedented rise in the number of incarcerated Americans.
Within that act, Reagan imposed much harsher punishments for users of crack than users of powder cocaine. It should come as no surprise that powder cocaine was widely associated with rich white people, whereas the less expensive crack cocaine was associated with poor black people.
Although we have Richard Nixon to blame for starting the war on drugs, it was in fact Reagan who became the war’s true champion. While Democrats may have a slightly better record of loosening drug law punishments, both parties have by and large supported the status quo when it comes to drug laws, even though a majority of Americans now support legalizing marijuana.
Ron Paul, and to a lesser extent Barney Frank, has been the only prominent politician calling for an end to the war on drugs. Although Paul is marginalized because of this, he is bringing the topic up for consideration and debate at a national level. The first step towards gaining more support for reforming our drug laws is to force citizens, politicians, and law enforcement officials to explain and justify their positions on the issue. I have no doubt that when people are confronted with the evidence, slowly but surely things will change.
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