Legalization opponent Kevin Sabet, a former adviser to the Obama administration's drug policy director, disputed the argument of many libertarians that government should not interfere in pot use by people.
"The libertarian argument is fundamentally flawed because drug use does not affect just the individual, it affects healthcare costs, criminal justice costs that we see with a legal drug like alcohol and costs to our highway safety," Sabet said.
Sure it could affect healthcare costs -- decreasing them by providing an affordable alternative to a lot of expensive and, for some, less effective remedies. And the criminal justice costs are a product of present law, not an independent expense. And drug use isn't going to go up a whole lot with new legislation. It pretty much is what it is.
The Netherlands has backed down on their legal-for-everybody-anywhere concept. The unintended consequences went too far, even for them. We're nowhere near that point.
You want to pick up some crossover votes? This is not the way to go, Mr. Sabet.