On Monday a funny thing happened to the highly contentious folks at D.A.R.E. — someone accidentally hit the ‘Post’ button and ended up publishing an inadvertent pro-marijuana legalization Op-ed piece.
Initially some thought the Drug War propagandists at D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) had an epiphany – a moment of clarity. Unfortunately for the truth, this fleeting moment of lucidity was little more than a Freudian slip.
The long-winded version of their short-lived support goes like this…
The pro-legalization post, “Purchasing marijuana puts kids at risk,” was published in The Columbus Dispatch on Monday, July 27. The author, Carlis McDerment, knows a thing or two about prohibited substances and the pain of bad laws. After a long and distinguished career as a deputy sheriff, McDerment has switched teams and now works with LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition), and has dedicated his retirement years to challenging the catastrophic War on Drugs.
In response to a previous letter that argued legalized marijuana would harm kids, LEAP’s McDerment responded by pointing out that laws prohibiting marijuana use ultimately make pot more available to juveniles, and therefore more dangerous (and that was posted to the D.A.R.E. website).