Libertarians Can Help End the War on Drugs

This LTE was published in January 2002.

Editors, Opelika-Auburn News:

It has been a pleasure to see that Libertarians are organizing a growing, well-organized independent party in Alabama. The Republocrats are so scared, they’ve pushed through some of the harshest ballot-access laws in the nation in order to shut out anyone outside of their Good Ol’ Boys’ club. But you can’t fool all of the people all of the time, and the Libertarians are taking them to task this campaign year.

It was even more pleasing to see (AU professor running for governor, OA News, 1/8/2002) that the Libertarian Party is pushing for some common-sense solutions that the Montgomery establishment refuses to touch. For example, Libertarian Party gubernatorial candidate John Sophocleus agrees that Alabama should address its prison overcrowding problem by repealing laws on victimless crimes and removing inmates serving sentences for those crimes, which … include drug use.

Last year Alabama’s prisons were so overcrowded that the Department of Corrections faced a court order forcing the them to find places for the 2,000 state inmates illegally jammed into overcrowded county jails. Instead of using our tax dollars to build more prisons, Alabama’s government should rethink its overzealous involvement in the so-called War on Drugs. Thanks to Alabama’s drug Prohibition, state prisons hold over 4,000 people convicted of nonviolent drug crimes. Mandatory minimum sentencing laws require that, depending on the type of drug involved, these inmates will stay in prison for anywhere from three to nineteen years.

If nonviolent drug offenders were released from prison, and the insane drug laws which put them there were repealed, Alabama wouldn’t have a prison population crisis. It’s about time Libertarians and other candidates outside of the two-party system got the chance to challenge the old goats on Goat Hill and work for these kind of solutions for the citizens of Alabama.

Charles W. Johnson
Auburn

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  1. LARRY SPARKS

    I THINK DRUGS SHOULD BE LEGEAL. I HAVE SEVERE ARTHRITIS. THE DRUGS I TAKE FOR FOR PAIN HAVE A LOT OF SIDE AFFECTS. THAT POT WOULD NOT HAVE. MY DAD IS ON THE TOWN COUNCLE IN MY LITTLE IN VIRGINIA. SO I CAN’T GET COUGHT BREAKING THE LAW. I REALLY NED THE POT LAWS CHANCED. I HAVE READ THAT POT WILL HELP ARTHRITIS PAIN AND SWELLING. THE GOVERNMENT IS CRUELL.

· October 2002 ·

  1. Anonymous

    I don’t believe you need poeple as uneducated as this Larry Sparks fellow posting comments on your web site. I actually live in Alabama, and I WILL vote for a Libertarian candidate should one run. I also do not believe in these nearly unconstitutional prohibitory acts. I could be arrested for a controlled substance other than marijuana, and spend 15 years in prison, while someone convicted of assault and battery could only spend 3. What the hell kind of laws are those?! Anyway… people who cant spell AND don’t live in Alabama need to realize what is really going on.

· November 2002 ·

  1. Lee M

    I think that Larry Sparks is some made up person from someone with a pathetic idea probably coming from a republican or democratic canadate inorder to make marijuana users sound stupid. Also the following comment made is true and it is insane that someone commiting a victimless crime can goto jail mandatory for longer then some commiting a violent one. It is all up to the judge and people who face certain judges actually get put away for long amounts of time for simple drug offenses. If people actually believe the marijuana is just as bad as crack/cocaine or methamphetamines then they are just as ignorant as the people who set these laws a decade ago. This is why people need to relize that it is the 21 century and things have changed. The response the police have to this is that if you legalize marijuana then you are saying its ok to use drugs. This is not true what it means is that if you make it legal then you take there many of there jobs and a large amount of there revenue coming in. Think about things when you vote and keep the good old boys out because things have to change.

    -CIS Major, Buesness Administrative Minor College Student, Junior

— 2003 —

  1. Anonymous

    I think the only person not smoking pot is the one who made up these stupid laws and causeing our jails to be overcrowed and costing the state money to jail these people. I think the only one who should be in jail are the ones who produce the crap the rest should be left alone

  2. kayla

    i don’t think it’s just legalization of marijuana but it’s the laws. instead of spending all those money locking up these individuals for petty crimes, why not make them go to drug treatment programs and so forth…the reasons why it’s a mandatory sentencing for drug related crimes is because they are hoping that it would deters drug users, but obviously it’s not working, and it end up costing the tax payers more money for trivial matters.

  3. Anonymous

    If it was just marijuana, you all would have a pretty valid point, but methamphetamines, cocaine, crack, etc. are potentially fatal drugs that are commonly distributed in this state. Although I do not believe that “victimless” crimes deserve longer sentences, I do, however, believe that there should be mandatory sentencing for drug offenders and when it comes to drugs other than marijuana, the crime is no longer “victimless”. For those concerned with taxpayers’ money on prosecuting these offenders, please consider the children in your family and ask yourself if you want these people prohibited from posing a threat or if you would rather have them all over our hometowns just to save a few bucks a year?

— 2004 —

  1. Anonymous

    Think of the use of the covert money that drugs bring to the political criminals. Energy and Vice has controled the world since the beginning of civiliation. It use to be Food snd religian. Now it is Oil and Drugs. With hundres of Billons of dollers of covert money you can elect or eliminate presedents! You can put your compatition in jail. Since J. Edger Hover/Nixon/Ragen/Bush has been using organized crime for their own purpose the United State of America has been a totalitarian state.

  2. Anonymous

    Only a fool would think that you could stop weapons of mass destruction from coming in to the USA, but can not stop drugs from coming in. With a little logic instead of nee-jerk reaction one can reason who is running the DRUG store!

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