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Buckley, William F.
It is widely assumed by the other side on the drug question that to decriminalize drugs would be to register a social assent to drug consumption. [I] ... stress the contrary. The initial problem is to make clear that to license an activity is not to approve it. We license the publication of
magazine even as we gag at the knowledge of what goes on within its covers.
Apr. 5, 1995 - quoted in the
Every friend of freedom must be as revolted as I am by the prospect of turning the United States into an armed camp, by the vision of jails filled with casual drug users and of an army of enforcers empowered to invade the liberty of citizens on slight evidence.
Sep. 7, 1989 - from a letter in the
Wall Street Journal
The real drug kingpin is the user. It is the casual users who create the profits. But we can't put them all in prison; there isn't any room in the jails.
Sep. 11, 1988 - from the
New York Times
Shultz, George P.
We're not really going to get anywhere until we take the criminality out of drugs.
Dec. 18, 1989 - on the PBS show
McNeil-Lehrer News Hour
If we want to lose the war on drugs, just leave it to law enforcement.
Mar. 19, 1989 - on the television program
ABC This Week