For ‘15 grams or less’

During last week’s congressional hearings on drugs, I heard a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) official say that DEA never has been interested in arresting users, only sellers. I wish I could believe that statement, but I cannot. For 40 years tens of thousands of Americans have been arrested for “15 grams or less,” including young, black men.

In the early 1970s, I worked with the son of a Hall of a Fame quarterback who lost his job because of his presence at a fashionable block party in New Jersey where marijuana was freely smoked, as it was across the country in similar settings. Someone near and dear to me was arrested as a 16-year-old for “15 grams or less.”

I admit my letters to the editor demonstrate I have an agenda, as a reader suggested to me.

John Bryan

Parkersburg