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California Does Something Right On Drugs

Fair is fair.

We constantly focus on what a hideous place California is. But we wouldn’t be honest analysts if we didn’t give medieval hell its due. So, indulging in our libertarian tendencies when it comes to domestic policy, we applaud Governor Gavin Newsom and his recent move to end mandatory jail sentences for nonviolent offenders who run afoul of the never-ending and never-winning War on Drugs.

Yes, it pains us to agree with Newsom and his ilk and we pray we don’t wake up with fleas. But in any government action results matter and the War on Drugs has always been a dismal failure. A prohibition that seeks to outlaw the laws of supply and demand is doomed to abject defeat. We found that out a century ago over booze and still government persisted in a similar attitude towards drugs.

We are not saying legalize or decriminalize everything. We are saying nonviolent offenders and recreational users of drugs like weed, hashish, and cocaine should not be subject to the wrath of the law. We’ve tried to throw the book at this problem and it hasn’t worked. Time to try something else.

FNC: “Gov. Gavin Newsom, D-Calif., signed legislation Tuesday ending mandatory minimum jail sentences for nonviolent drug offenses. The bill, SB73, goes into effect in January 2022 and allows judges to sentence offenders to probation instead of jail time. Under current law, probation is off the table for anyone selling or possessing for sale more than 14 grams of heroin or PCP. The bill was first sponsored by state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, who lauded the governor for his action.” Weiner is odious. We have, just for editorial sake, removed the race hustling from his statements. You can thank us later, Scotty.

“The failed War on Drugs has helped build our system of mass incarceration, and we must dismantle and end its vestiges, which are still in place today,” Wiener said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “War on Drugs policies are ineffective, inhumane and expensive.” Wiener also tweeted, “Mass incarceration of non-violent drug offenders hasn’t reduced drug use or addiction. Time for a new approach. Thx, Governor, for this overdue step.”

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“Our prisons and jails are filled with people who have committed low-level, nonviolent drug offenses and who would be much better served by non-carceral options like probation, rehabilitation and treatment,” said Weiner, according to The Associated Press. “It’s an important measure that will help end California’s system of mass incarceration.”

The California Association of Highway Patrolmen does not agree. They said the existing laws “work as a deterrent or a reason for individuals to get the treatment they need to turn their lives around,” according to the AP.  Another group feels the new law “sets a dangerous precedent … and would jeopardize the health and safety of the communities we are sworn to protect,” warned the California Police Chiefs Association. Nice spin. But no results to back it up.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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john
john
1 month ago

what newscum going to take everybodys drugs for them! as if he dont get enough !!!

Tim Toroian
Tim Toroian (@gsp)
1 month ago

And you can make illegal immigrants legal with a green card but NEVER EVER citizenship. EVER!

CARL
CARL
1 month ago

David, another excellent observation. Newsom is correct as the devil is red. And, when one thinks about it, what’s another few hundred thousand criminals walking freely the streets of California?

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 month ago

Free inmates for Marijuana charges ONLY If NOT using guns for crimes
IE Users vs dealers.
Use space for Felony level cases OK