|In 1986, First Lady Nancy Reagan wrote in a Washington Post Op-Ed: “We must create an atmosphere of intolerance for drug use in this country. Each of us has a responsibility to be intolerant of drug use anywhere, any time, by anybody.”
Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign became her legacy, and helped ramp up the government’s war on drugs that continues to this day.
Reason Magazine senior editor Jacob Sullum, author of Saying Yes: In Defense of Drug Use, believes that this message “reinforced misconceptions about drug use that shaped public policy for decades, leading to millions of unjustified arrests and prison sentences.”
On Monday, October 7, Jacob Sullum will take the affirmative on the resolution: Except for laws prohibiting the sale of drugs to minors and driving while impaired, all laws that penalize drug production, distribution, possession, and use, should be abolished, along with special “sin” taxes on drugs.
Alex Berenson, author of, Tell Your Children: The Truth about Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence, will take the negative.