Sunday, March 02, 2008

Soros bankrolls new drug law reform initiative

Liberal billionaire George Soros has given a million dollars toward a new ballot measure in California that would relax penalties for nonviolent drug offenses. The measure, which is already in circulatio, must collect 433,971 valid signatures by April 21 to qualify for thre November ballot. It would expand drug treatment programs for offenders who qualify, modify the parole system, and change possession of marijuana from a misdemeanor to an infraction, the legal equivalent of a traffic ticket.

I'm not much of a fan of George Soros' general political philosophy. To be sure, he's made a ton of money, so he must have some understanding of at least some markets, but I tried to read his major book, then had to read some other of his writings to be prepared for a seminar, and I found them somewhat incoherent. However, he understands the drug laws are unenforceable and socially corrosive, and he has put his money where his convictions are, for which I will always be grateful.


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