Drug war

I just got an email from a friend who seems to think that asking Obama whether he thinks he should have done a long stretch in the pokey for using drugs is a sly way of attacking Obama. No, no, no. Obama is the candidate that I am most likely to support right now, for reasons I'll lay out hopefully sometime this week (I'm on a miserably tight deadline for a print piece). That was my not-so-sly way of attacking the drug war. None of our politicians thinks that they should have gone to jail for their youthful drug use, I presume--in Obama's case, I note, this would have disbarred him and thus effectively ended his political career. I would like them to answer, then, why they take the position that other people should go to jail for simple possession. And that applies to any politician who supports continuing our current drug policy, left, right, or center.

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Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

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