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February 21, 2013

My View: New approach needed on illegal drugs


Jimmy Carter said in 1977 that “penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself.” There are no magic bullets to deal with drugs, but throwing non-violent offenders in prison is more damaging and costly long term than treatment.

Tom Maertens describes himself as a political centrist who has worked in national security for both political parties in the White House and in the U.S. Senate. He is part of a Free Press team of readers from all political viewpoints asked to write columns.

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