Maybe we should legalize drugs.
I come neither eagerly nor easily to that maybe. Rather, I come by way of spiraling drug violence in Mexico that recently forced Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to acknowledge the role America’s insatiable appetite for illegal drugs plays in the carnage. I come by way of watching Olympian Michael Phelps do the usual public relations song and dance after being outed smoking weed, and knowing the whole thing was a ritualized farce. Most of all, I come by way of personal antipathy: I don’t like and have never used illegal drugs.
But yeah, I’m thinking maybe we should legalize them. Or at the very least, begin the discussion.
I find myself in august — and unexpected — company. Ronald Reagan‘s secretary of state, George Schultz, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, the late Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman and the late conservative icon William F. Buckley Jr. have all said much the same thing.
It’s gonna take some big time politics to legalize pot much less all the other designer variants.