Posted by: robfixmycomputer | June 10, 2008

if you want to be homeless, smoke a joint

Tony Newman of the Huffington Post writes… ”  Drug addiction is bad. But the war on drugs is worse.  Courtland Milloy of the Washington Post wrote a heart-breaking story that exemplifies the wasteful and counterproductive way our society deals with illegal drug use. Mr. Milloy talks about Frances Johnson, a 68-year-old grandmother in Washington, D.C. who faces eviction simply because her grandson was arrested for possessing a small amount of marijuana. The federal government’s public housing system has a “one strike and you’re out” policy for any drug law violation — even if that violation occurs miles away from home.

How does our society benefit from making homeless a whole family because of a little bit of marijuana? Why are we punishing Ms. Johnson who herself did nothing wrong?”
full story…

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