Like the prohibition of alcohol in the early Twentieth Century the prohibition of recreational drugs has turned into a failure of epic proportions. The United States incarcerates, on average, more of her citizens on minor drug crimes than any other nation on earth.
Yesterday, we learned that Annie Dookhan, a rogue state chemist, affected more than 40,000 cases.
The criminal cases of more than 40,000 people in Massachusetts may have been tainted by chemist Annie Dookhan and management failures at the now-closed state Department of Public Health lab where she worked, according to a long-awaited report released Tuesday by a special counsel hired by the Patrick administration.
That final tally, painstakingly compiled by Boston defense attorney David Meier since the scandal broke a year ago, includes 2,769 more people than he had previously estimated, bringing to 40,323 the total number of people potentially affected by Dookhan’s alleged mishandling of drug evidence.
Think of that, one chemist worked on 40,000 plus drug cases, many of which were minor. She, of course should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. But think of it, couldn’t the resources needed to prosecute these 40,000 have been better used somewhere else?
Isn’t it time to legalize recreational drugs, and end the war on drugs?