The U.S. Needs to Decriminalize Drug Possession Now

Ethan Nadelmann, writing for Rolling Stone:

Imagine what would happen if drug possession were no longer treated as a crime. People would still be arrested for committing crimes under the influence of drugs, including driving, but police would no longer spend millions of hours, and billions of taxpayer dollars, arresting people in possession of small amounts of drugs for their own use. The 4.5 million people under parole and probation in the country would no longer need to be at risk of losing their freedom simply for failing a drug test. The stigma of problematic drug use would likely persist but not all the devastating consequences of a criminal conviction.

Our society is not ready to shift its mindset toward drug policy quite yet, but we’re getting closer each and every day.