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Thomas Ravenel: Legalize drugs

Feb 8, 2011 10:49:00 AM - thestate.com
Former S.C. Treasurer Thomas Ravenel is breaking his silence and taking on America's drug war, saying he advocates a repeal of the prohibition on drugs and calling the government's response a failure.

"Drug abuse is a medical, health care and spiritual problem, not a problem to be solved within a criminal justice model," he said.

Prohibition is "our government's most destructive policy since slavery," he also said.

Ravenel's comments – detailed in an opinion column running on today's Post and Courier Commentary page – come as he is still under three years of federal probation for the cocaine conspiracy charge that ended his political career and led to a 10-month prison sentence.

In a separate telephone interview from South Florida, where he is visiting, Ravenel said he opted to go public with his stance now because he has been studying the drug war extensively, determining that after billions of dollars spent over decades prohibition is a fruitless strategy.

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