As the Vice President of my university’s Young Americans for Liberty chapter, I had the distinct pleasure of attending several portions of the YAL National Convention in Washington, DC. The experience was outstanding. Not only was I able to hear speeches and discussions from some fantastic champions of liberty; I’ve was also able to meet some truly remarkable students who are pushing for substantial changes to the status quo of U.S. politics.
One of my favorite features of these national conventions is the huge diversity of students that are drawn to Washington, DC from all over the country. For example, I spoke with chapter leaders from New Jersey, Florida, California, Washington, Texas, and many other states. Students had different levels of knowledge of drug prohibition policy in the U.S., but their conviction that the War on Drugs needs to be brought to an immediate end seemed to be unanimous. In my capacity not only as a YAL member but as a Students for Sensible Drug Policy intern, I’ve collected the following thoughts from other YAL leaders on U.S. drug policy:
Haley Sinklair, from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, stated that she is against drug prohibition because she believes our criminal justice system is inherently flawed. Haley explained, however, that fixing the criminal justice system will not justify prohibition: “Prohibition never works, it never has and it never will.”
On the same issue of prohibition, Barbara Sostaita from Salem College feels strongly about the inherent racial discrimination that occurs in the Drug War. She believes that prohibition “not only destabilizes (U.S.) communities, but is also just bad foreign policy.” Speaking on the subject of incarceration for drug crimes,