From Robert Arthur's blog, Narco Polo.
An excerpt from The New Prohibition: Voices of Dissent Challenge the Drug War,
the book that includes Richard Mack's story:
Ted and I were different. He smoked, he drank, at times he used marijuana, and his morals were not in line with my Mormon background. But he was a good man. He cared about his children, and he was a hard worker. He was loyal and understanding, and he had a great sense of humor .... Why were we arresting people, some really decent people, for smoking marijuana? Should we arrest all the "Teds" in the country? Take his sports car, ruin his career, give him an arrest record and some jail time, and maybe overall just teach him a lesson? (pp. 13-14)
The Narc Who Got High: What In The Heck Is The Big Deal?
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