Kerry sounds some of the right notes on our ongoing craven war on pot: When responding to a question in Rolling Stone magazine about whether he favored marijuana decriminalization, Kerry said, "No, not quite. What we did in the prosecutor's office was have a sort of unspoken approach to marijuana that was almost effectively decriminalization. We just didn't bother with small-time use. It doesn't rise to the level of nuisance, even. And what we were after was people dealing with heroin and destroying lives, and people who were killing people. That's where you need to focus." He also addressed recreational marijuana use by saying, "I've met plenty of people in my lifetime who've used marijuana and who I would not qualify as serious addicts -- who use about the same amount as some people drink beer or wine or have a cocktail. I don't get too excited by any of that. Another area, to his credit, where Kerry is at least running to the left of where Clinton ran in '92. For more on Clinton's embrace on the war on drugs, and on the insanity of our drug policy, check out Eric Schlosser's Reefer Madness.


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