In an op-ed appearing in the Washington Post on Thursday, former President Jimmy Carter called for an end to the global war on drugs.
In a message to Congress in 1977, then-President Carter said the country should decriminalize the possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, with a full program of treatment for addicts. He also cautioned against filling America’s prisons with young people who were no threat to society, and summarized by saying, “Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself.”
Has the war on drugs been a failure? Discuss.