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Dr. Carl Hart's Huffington Post Blog

Holder's Proposal Insufficient: Congress Needs to Decriminalize Drugs
August 16, 2013

The question before me -- a father of a son in this age group and a drug expert -- is whether Holder's proposals amount to the needed radical change? They do not. But, that wasn't the goal. The attorney general understands that his authority to radically change drug policy is limited. His proposed reforms amount to us learning to crawl before walking when running is the goal.

The radical change in drug policy will need to come from Congress. One such option is drug decriminalization. Decriminalization is often confused with legalization. They are not the same thing.


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