Testimonials for Market Interposition

“Your plan for market interposition combines economic and public health concepts to eliminate the most serious consequences of the current drug policy--crime, corruption and recruitment of ever more drug users. It also provides opportunities for recovery for those who wish it and outreach to those who might wish it. It does all of this with a maximum of safety and choice for users and only market deterrents for dealers, and thus has potential to eliminate the economic and human cost of the ‘war on drugs.’” Rosa Felsenburg Kaplan, D.S.W., founder and former chair, Los Angeles County Substance Abusing Mentally Ill Task Force, chair Medical Rights Committee, ACLU of Southern California.

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“This booklet presents a workable plan to alter incentives of drug users and suppliers and destroy the illegal market in drugs. It should attract wide support--both from those of the ‘hard on drugs’ approach and from those of the decriminalization persuasion. Frederick H. Meyers, M.D., professor emeritus of pharmacology, University of California Medical School, San Francisco.

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“Mr. Smart has presented the most detailed and carefully conceived plan for alleviating the many problems of illegal drugs that I have yet seen. He has examined the flaws in our present policy and shown how a process centered on his concept of an Agency for Drug Market Interposition could relieve many of the burdens of crime, corruption and social disintegration the “war on drugs” has inflicted on us. Like the drug problem itself, his plan is not simple, and recognizes the many obstacles its advocacy would face. The concept deserves the careful attention of all who would reform our present failed drug policy.” Theodore Vallance, Chief of the Planning Branch, National Institute of Mental Health in the Johnson administration; author of Prohibition’s Second Failure; the Quest for a Rational and Humane Drug Policy, (Praeger, 1993), professor emeritus of human development, Pennsylvania State University.

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“Your plan presents a practical middle ground between legalization and prohibition. It reminds me a great deal of the work being done in Europe on harm reduction strategies. There is good evidence that such harm reduction strategies are effective at reducing the health cost of drug abuse and the systemic violence of the drug trade.” Kevin B. Zeese, former counsel and vice-president, Drug Policy Foundation, Washington, D.C., currently, president, Common Sense for Drug Policy Foundation.

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“Interposition is an exciting and stimulating addition to the drug policy reform movement. It focuses needed attention on the simple reality that the current legislative approaches to drug policy support rather than inhibit the massive illegal drug trade. The cure has indeed become an iatrogenic causative factor itself. Mr. Smart’s specific interposition program is also a much needed sample blueprint for an actual reform strategy. It should help move the discussion of drug policy to specific reform strategies and programs.” Thomas Nicholson, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor of public health, Western Kentucky University.

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