I have to confess two things to you all. First of all, I have never used an illegal drug. Not even pot. (I've been drinking basically all my life, because alcohol was ubiquitous in my house [I had exceptional parents though--I think they just didn't know].) And when I was younger, I did support laws that criminalized private possession of drugs, including cannabis. Yeah, I would see people using drugs on TV. And a chill would run down my spine. How evil, I thought. But no. They aren't evil. People who use drugs are typically law-abiding otherwise. And they are our neighbors, our family members, our coworkers. So why do we outlaw private possession? What are we trying to do? Save these people from themselves? Hogwash, I say. In fact even with drugs are hard as crack or heroin, I think the penalties for their private possession does far more harm than the drug itself. So why do we do it? And how on earth did this nonsensical approach to the matter get started to begin with? What's the history behind it?