Commentary

Societal fabric up in smoke

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“Supporting marijuana use is an example of domestic terrorism ââ?¬â?? it puts the public at great risk and threatens the very fabric of our society.” –Ron Brooks, president of the National Narcotics Officers’ Association

In labeling the vast majority of Californians “terrorists,” it seems that Brooks, a Californian himself, must have graduated from the same school of hyperbole as Drug Czar John Walters. If so, they couldn’t have been chummy classmates, however. In an interview a year ago Brooks called for a troop surge in the War on Drugs, saying “The drug war has really faltered. It has taken a back seat to other issues under Drug Czar John Walters.”

Skaidra Smith-Heisters is a policy analyst at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets.