The Absolute Wrong Message

The government says drug use is up:

WASHINGTON (AP) The rate of illegal drug use rose last year to the highest level in nearly a decade, fueled by a sharp increase in marijuana use and a surge in ecstasy and methamphetamine abuse, the government reported Wednesday.

Gil Kerlikowske, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, called the 9 percent increase in drug use disappointing but said he was not surprised given “eroding attitudes” about the perception of harm from illegal drugs and the growing number of states approving medicinal marijuana. “I think all of the attention and the focus of calling marijuana medicine has sent the absolute wrong message to our young people,” Kerlikowske said in an interview.

He did not comment on the countless billions spent on a failed drug war, the certainty that the efforts he presides over will never succeed, the staggering human costs associated with prohibition that doesn't even prevent drug use, its tendency to empower quasi-independent narco traffickers in countries around the world, or the fact that America routinely sends people to jail for years on end for violating laws that much of the ruling class has broken with impunity.