I have been a prosecutor/defense attorney/judge for almost 30 years now. I have come to the conclusion that the “war on drugs” as currently fought is a failure. It is the same failure that Prohibition was in the 1920’s. You cannot use the Courtroom to change people’s behaviors. It just doesn’t work.
As long as people want to smoke pot, they will smoke pot. The only way to have people stop smoking pot is a negative social stigma coupled with some internal sense of “wrongness” in the activity. Most people won’t have sex with dead animals in their front yards because the notion of doing so is repellent to them. That same sense of “wrongness” needs to apply to pot smoking.
Government should deal with the pot issue is the same as every other “bad” behavior, in my opinion. Stop subsidizing it. Stop supporting it. If someone wants to smoke pot, fine. If they can only keep a minimum wage job, let them lead a minimum wage life. No government handouts or support, no disability payments. Let people live with the consequences of their decisions, and if the consequences are bad, they can serve as an example to others.
That said, I have no problem with companies who want to drug test to keep a drug free workplace.
The WOD is fought incorrectly. You cannot fight a war on drugs where 90% of them are imported without closing the border. Period. When the suppliers start losing 7 out of 10 shipments or more instead of 2 out of 10 (and the number maybe lower) then you will see a change. No matter what Holder’s clan say they have no idea how much really comes over the border/ports/aircraft/seas.
I speak from sitting on the border and watching obvious runners come over and get caught taking the under-staffed LEOs off their post and over the next several hours you can see the increase in traffic until they figure the next shift comes on or the arresting officers are back out of the office.
It is the legal system that you and your associates have also implemented that requires insane documentation just to put an illegal Mexican drug runner caught with 200 pounds in jail. It took me 3-5 hours to clear paperwork and arraignments before I was back out. That your honor is BS. Please don’t lecture my on civil rights yada yada. It is a broken system all designed to ensure jobs in the legal community not protect rights of the accused.