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Few dispute need for drug law reform

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In his State of the State address last week, Gov. David Paterson reiterated his longtime support for reforming the state’s Rockefeller drug laws, saying, “I cannot think of a criminal justice strategy that has been more unsuccessful than the Rockefeller drug laws.”

Advocacy groups that support revamping the Rockefeller drug laws were encouraged by Paterson’s remarks but also worried that his final proposals wouldn’t go far enough.

“We’re hopeful about getting reform,” said Gabriel ...

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nymiss80
January 11, 2009
6:51 a.m.

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It's about time!

mistermaster655
January 11, 2009
10:57 a.m.

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Just one question, do you support "drug prohibition"? If so, you support an "ongoing criminal enterprise". As with alcohol prohibition, it puts the product under the control of criminals. If our government would take real control, they would declare all drugs legal. They would control, distribute to adults only, protect purity, and price, and tax. This would take the blackmarket profits away from criminals, stop the stupid idea of locking up nonviolent people. Ordinary folks might start respecting the law again. And in this economic climate, more taxes and less stupid outlay, just might be a good thing.

nymiss80
January 11, 2009
9:26 p.m.

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I agree with you 100%. This is long overdue. I am sooooo glad that it is finally being discussed.

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