The government funded anti-drug group D.A.R.E recently posted an op-ed calling for the legalization of marijuana, after years of supporting failed prohibition policies.
For decades, D.A.R.E has been spreading misinformation about all drugs, and the effects of prohibition in general. However, in regards to marijuana, their rhetoric has been especially false. Members of the group have visited schools on a regular basis, telling children that marijuana is a dangerous gateway drug that will undoubtedly lead to homelessness and heroin addiction.
It seems that D.A.R.E is finally losing the battle as the times change and as children today have the internet and are able to research the reality of the situation for themselves.
In a recent op-ed letter, D.A.R.E rep and former deputy sheriff Carlis McDerment actually said that legalization of marijuana would create a safer environment for children. This statement is a radical change from the official D.A.R.E narrative, which maintains that legalization would lead to an increase in drug use among younger people.
In the letter, McDerment said that:
“People like me, and other advocates of marijuana legalization, are not totally blind to the harms that drugs pose to children. We just happen to know that legalizing and regulating marijuana will actually make everyone safer…. Anyone who suggests we outlaw everything dangerous to children would also have to ban stairs, Tylenol, bleach, forks and outlet sockets and definitely alcohol. Those things harm children every day, but anyone championing that we ban them would be laughed at. I support legalization precisely because I want to reduce youths’ drug use. Drug dealers don’t care about a customer’s age. The answer isn’t prohibition and incarceration; the answer is regulation and education.”
Unsurprisingly, just hours after the article was published it was removed by the staff at D.A.R.E, but luckily we were able to obtain the following screenshot before the editorial staff removed the article:
While writing a story on this recent development, Washington Post reporters contacted the D.A.R.E editorial staff to find out if their position truly changed, and why the story was so quickly remove from their website.
This was their response:
It turns out that while McDerment was able to post on the website and does have the proper credentials to speak on the issue, the rest of the staff at D.A.R.E was not pleased with the article, and only approved it because they didn’t actually read it. However, this does show that there is now heavy debate taking place within the realm of law enforcement about the legalization of marijuana.
John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.