If people want to get stoned, it's none of your business. (Now (SET ITAL) that's (END ITAL) a campaign slogan!) If an employer wants to test me, fine. If government wants to bray on about the troika of evil -- drugs, cigarettes and Happy Meals -- so be it. But the trade-offs are clear. Today we're creating international crime syndicates, we're locking up nonviolent citizens and we're not altering behavior.
Yet no matter who's in power, nothing changes. President Barack Obama made little effort to curtail the drug war. The Drug Enforcement Administration still ignores state law. Conservatives feel a moral obligation to continue prohibition. (Individual freedom ends where your rolling paper begins.)
The minority that wants real reform? Politically speaking, our bad arguments are terrible and our good ones are worse.