Ending the Drug War
The evidence is clear: the best way to a healthier society is to focus on health. This includes our approach to addiction. The American Psychiatric Association states that addiction is a brain disease that can be treated. Portugal, among other countries, has shown us that is true. In terms of practical steps we need to take, at the bare minimum, we first need to decriminalize and legalize marijuana nation-wide and fully pardon everyone who has been convicted of a non-violent drug crime.
Beyond that, we need to create space to listen to the families who have been devastated by those unjust convictions. We have to begin the process of trying to make those families whole and that requires that we listen to them.
The next step from there is to create robust, free rehabilitation and treatment services for anyone and everyone who would like it or needs it. This needs to happen alongside the decriminalization of all illicit drugs. These systems and structures won't appear overnight, but we have all the knowledge we need to begin that shift. A great bonus is that these services pay for themselves through the money we'll save from a mass reduction in incarceration.