Representative Barney Frank has brought a proposal to the table suggesting that we stop arresting people for posession of marijuana in amounts under 100 grams. Yeah, I think this is a pretty big deal - it's at the national level, first of all. That's huge. A congressman with the balls to basically go up against the national hysteria around the drug war gets huge kudos in my book.
I'm not going to bother quoting the article - it's something that should be read in full. Go read it. Take a few minutes, then, to re-read it.
Notice anything missing?
Yeah, me too.
There's no rabid "OMG SKY FALLING SLIPPERY SLOPE CATS DOGS HYSTERIA" going on in the article. It's level-headed. It brings facts.
Is it possible that we're finally at a point, nationally, where we can have a frank (no pun) and honest discussion about the war on drugs? Is it possible that this nation is finally beginning to understand that treating a medical and recreational issue as a criminal issue simply makes new criminals and problems? I kinda doubt it, but who knows.... it would be nice.