According to discussions between the Democratic candidate’s aides and associates, he’s planning to tackle the war on drugs in America.
Don’t expect miracles. There is very little the president can do by himself. And pot-smokers shouldn’t expect the president to come out in favor of legalizing marijuana. But from his days as a state senator in Illinois, Obama has considered the war on drugs to be a failure, a conflict that has exacerbated the problem of drug abuse, devastated entire communities, changed policing practices for the worse, and has led to a generation of young children, disproportionately black and minority, to grow up in dislocated homes, or in none at all.
Besides that, the drug business is huge in America, making everyone involved a lot of money.
Critics say there’s too much at stake for the drug business to go down. Too many people have too much involved with one of America’s most successful industries.
Check out the full GQ commentary about the War on Drugs here.