Republicans and Democrats Agree: End the War on Drugs Reply

As one who grew up in the America of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, this is something I never thought I would see.

By Nicholas Kristof, New York Times

Voters in red and blue states may be in accord on nothing else, but they passed measures to liberalize drug laws.

One of America’s greatest mistakes over the last century was the war on drugs, so it’s thrilling to see voters in red and blue states alike moving to unwind it.

The most important step is coming in Oregon, where voters easily passed a referendum that will decriminalize possession of even hard drugs like cocaine and heroin, while helping users get treatment for addiction. The idea is to address drug use as a public health crisis more than as a criminal justice issue.

In Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota, voters decisively passed measures liberalizing marijuana laws. Marijuana will now be legal for medical use in about 35 states and for recreational use in 15 states.

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