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If you know anybody with a drug problem, the idea of legalization or decriminalization gets tougher to support.
If you've seen a friend or family member lose months and years to a habit that interferes with productivity, progress, ambition, relationships, intellectual development, it's a little harder to be glib a out all the benefits we can reap from taking drugs back from the outlaws. And if a family or a person you know has lived through the tragedy of a fatal overdose, well, the case may be impossible to make.
Even so, there are a strong set of arguments for drug legalization, and they seem to cross party lines. The late William F. Buckley supported the idea, as does former Republican Secretary of State Gorge Schultz. And today you will hear from Bob Painter, a doctor and former Republican city councilman, a guy who really lives his principles and who thinks legalization is a good strategy.