a legal campaign to imprison our most vulnerable and damaged citizens

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.  — F. Scott Fitzgerald

I have considerable respect for a willingness to tolerate cognitive dissonance where drug policy is concerned. As such, I’d like to hear David Simon say more about these two statements [emphasis mine]:

I am waiting to see whether the charges against Felicia relate to heroin or marijuana. Obviously, the former would be, to my mind, a far more serious matter.


In an essay published two years ago in Time magazine…we said then that if asked to serve on any jury considering a non-violent drug offense, we would move to nullify that jury’s verdict and vote to acquit. Regardless of the defendant, I still believe such a course of action would be just in any case in which drug offenses—absent proof of violent acts—are alleged.