D.A.R.E. America was a hot topic this week when an accidental post indicated that the conservative program now favors marijuana legalization.
The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program has been opposed to marijuana legalization ever since its establishment in Los Angeles, in 1983. Ever since, the regional programs have been coordinating efforts to prevent substance abuse.
The post, published as it seems, by mistake, was titled “Purchasing marijuana puts kids at risk”. Nothing unusual so far. As readers skimmed through the text, the first paragraph already indicated a revolutionary change of stance:
“As a former deputy sheriff, I know from enforcing senseless marijuana laws that children only are being put in more danger when marijuana is kept illegal”.
The post, authored by Carlis McDerent, former deputy sheriff, also involved in the Law Enforcement Against Prohibition nonprofit organization, was picked up by the New York Magazine, the Washington Post and others.
Following questions addressed to D.A.R.E, the post was erased and declared a mistake.
The post continued:
“The goal of prohibiting marijuana was to eradicate its use, but in reality, the drug has become infinitely harder for law enforcement to control”.
As it stands, the post of the former deputy sheriff argues against prohibition and explains how the effects of prohibition are far worse than those of legalizing marijuana.
In a quick response, D.A.R.E regional director John Lindsay announced the Washington Post that the post most likely stemmed from an indiscriminate RSS feed. As such, D.A.R.E. maintains its stance on the continuous prohibition of marijuana and the beneficial effects it has on children.
Huffington Post also reported that Ron Brogan, another regional director at D.A.R.E. stated that the post upload was an error and that the program did not change its position on marijuana legalization.
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