I believe in ending drug prohibition for adults. Not since slavery in the United States have we had a more failed public policy. If you have been victimized by crime against your body or property with inadequate law enforcement, if you have had your rights against search and seizure violated, if you are disgusted with our drug policies which empower gangs, terrorists and drug cartels, if you are outraged by colossal wastes of tax dollars spent on marijuana busts and an imprisonment rate thats 5 times higher than most every industrialized country in the world, then I am your candidate.
In this era of limitations, there are win/win solutions to our problems. Ending drug prohibition for adults is such a solution. Rather than spending more money to solve problems of drug addiction and abuse, we could actually spend less, and by treating drug abuse as a medical issue instead of a criminal one, accomplish multiple objectives. In the process of decreasing government spending on drug prohibition, we could simultaneously dis-empower gangs and terrorists, reduce crime, strengthen our defense, lower health care costs, reduce prison overcrowding, generate more government revenue, reduce discrimination and better protect our children.
We will someday look back at drug prohibition the way we look at segregation, woman’s right to vote, alcohol prohibition, and gay rights. We will look back with disbelief in how it used to be. I will fight for these changes at the federal level and I will stand up for California’s right to self determination on marijuana decriminalization.
I am the candidate of more liberty, not more authority. I am the candidate of inclusiveness, not intrusiveness.
Please vote for Steve Collett for Congress May 17, 2011.