I had a thought about your book. This is not a criticism but something I was left wanting when I finished. Someone, somewhere, (and I nominate you) needs to articulate at length a pathway from the current environment towards what decriminalization/legalization would look like.Thanks for the nomination. And that's a valid complaint about my book. To be honest, I have no idea.
If there's one out there it's not widely known.
I think there's a lot more enthusiasm for legalization than there appears because there's no channel for it. A lot of people that are for it or at least equivocal would say "let's give Plan X a try". Its harder to bring people around to a conceptual, as you know from working the street.
I also believe (in my tiny little opinion) that the black community would get behind any reasonable pathway presented because they're paying an outsized price for the war on drugs.
One thing has occurred to me though: Any plan offered would have to consider the pushback from a multi-billion dollar tax free industry having it's existence threatened.
Sgt. [name and e-mail withheld upon request]
I'm pretty pessimistic about the whole possibility of any real pullback in the war on drugs. But then I suppose "wets" thought that too, in 1925. Maybe it really does start with medicinal marijuana. Maybe more Americans need to visit Holland. Maybe it has to do with getting the medical industry behind regulation (because they could profit from treatment and would profit from selling legal drugs). Maybe it has to do with finding and outing a criminal element contributing to drug war politicians. Maybe it's LEAP.
But it's not just drug dealers who are against legalization. It's prison guards. It's police agencies. It's the makers of military equipment. It's the entire prison-industrial complex.
I'm open to ideas. Comment below.