Pubdate: Thu, 12 Jul 2007
Source: Juneau Empire (AK)
Copyright: 2007 Southeastern Newspaper Corp
Bookmark: (Bong Hits 4 Jesus)
Author: Robert Sharpe


The justices of the Supreme Court should take a cue from the 
nonsensical banner that inspired their decision to limit student free 
speech. It might do them some good to take a few bong hits for Jesus. 
Before sacrificing more civil liberties at the altar of the drug war, 
they should ask themselves, "What would Jesus do?" Would Jesus 
persecute, incarcerate and deny forgiveness to nonviolent drug 
offenders? Zero tolerance is decidedly unchristian.

Morally, the drug war is wrong. On a practical level, the drug war is 
an abject failure. According to the FBI, there were 786,545 marijuana 
arrests in 2005, the vast majority of which were for simple 
possession. America is one of the few Western countries that punishes 
citizens who prefer marijuana to martinis, yet lifetime use of 
marijuana is higher in the United States than in any European country 

Thanks to the war on some drugs, the Constitution is becoming 
increasingly irrelevant, and the land of the free now has the highest 
incarceration rate in the world. This is not a policy worthy of 
constitutional exemptions. The drug war has failed to keep drugs out 
of prisons, much less schools. The Supreme Court should prioritize 
protecting civil liberties over perpetuating drug war failure.

Robert Sharpe

Policy analyst Common Sense for Drug Policy Arlington, Va.
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