Loosen the necties boys. President Obama outlined some of the parameters of the debate, which anyone with common sense would do, and most of us with a modicum of it would see,
“African American kids and Latino kids are more likely to be poor and less likely to have the resources and the support to avoid unduly harsh penalties,” Obama told the New Yorker’s top editor during a series of interviews published on Friday.
That is a huge societal discussion in and of itself, including policing tactics in poor neighborhoods, which is where crime rates are higher than in other neighborhoods, an established fact of poverty not actually related to the cause of poverty, just the way poverty affects neighborhoods.
“It’s important for it to go forward because it’s important for society not to have a situation in which a large portion of people have at one time or another broken the law and only a select few get punished,” he said.
In a nation of laws, equality before the law would seem to be a reasonable attribute.
“Those who argue that legalizing marijuana is a panacea and it solves all these social problems [caused by anti-drug enforcement] I think are probably overstating the case… and the experiment that’s going to be taking place in Colorado and Washington is going to be, I think, a challenge,” he told the New Yorker.
“If marijuana is fully legalized and at some point folks say, ‘Well, we can come up with a negotiated dose of cocaine that we can show is not any more harmful than vodka,’ are we open to that? If somebody says, ‘We’ve got a finely calibrated dose of meth, it isn’t going to kill you or rot your teeth,’ are we O.K. with that?”
I tend to think we ought to deal with one problem at a time, but the point is a valid concern that should be dealt with as well. While we’re at it we could discuss and debate the proliferation of hard pharmacuetical grade drugs being advertised to patients on television, radio and in print, drugs which are more likely to be abused to addiction because they are sanctioned by the state, and industrial health care providers and doctors. Which should key into other conservative concerns on marijuana legalization, instead of providing more charged accusations having absolutely nothing to do with the topic President Obama addressed, and everything to do Mr. Munro’s desire to promote sophistry as high-quality journalism and opinion writing, while managing to fail at all three.