Obama's New AG Wants More Marijuana Penalties
U.S. Attorney Eric H. Holder Jr. said in an interview that he is considering not only prosecuting more marijuana cases but also asking the D.C. Council to enact stiffer penalties for the sale and use of marijuana.
"We have too long taken the view that what we would term to be minor crimes are not important," Holder said, referring to current attitudes toward marijuana use and other offenses such as panhandling.
Now, people arrested in the District and charged with distributing marijuana, even large quantities, face only misdemeanor charges, a standard that has sparked repeated complaints by police officers.
My idea remains consistent:
Set up a frontier zone with no laws where people can take drugs, and let the rest of us escape the continuing disaster that drugs and anti-drug enforcement equally create.