Cook County Board President  Toni Preckwinkle Friday said the nation’s 40-year-long war on drugs has failed. Meanwhile, Evanston police have made more than 50 arrests for drug law violations — most for small quantities of marijuana — in just the past two months.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Drug ‘war’

    filling our jails with minor drug offenders/users is counterproductive. Marring personal reputations with minor drug offences is an infringement on personal freedom.  Go after cartels, leave small growers alone, and adult responsible users alone, treat addicts or abusers.  this will save billions of dollars and improve peoples lives.  The exercise of puritanical standards related to drugs is  ridiculous!

  2. One toke over the line….

    Exactly what do you consider minor drug offenders? Our jails are not “filled” with the minor offenders. Those that are housed for any period of time are repeat offenders that clearly do not respect the laws.

    Minor drug offenders, in Cook County, simply are given probation, “drug school”, fined, or a combination of the three; all of which allow for the offender to freely operate in society. Furthermore, how do you propose the government go after “cartels” without making arrests among the lower level users/dealers?  You are sadly mistaken if you believe law enforcement can infiltrate any significant level of a drug operation without attacking it at its base. 

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