Another drug warrior invents facts. Check the video below from Stossel’s show last week, in which former ONDCP official and narcotics officer Paul Chabot debates former narcotics cop and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition speaker Neil Franklin.
At one point, Chabot says the “majority” of crimes that take actual victims are committed by people under the influence of illegal drugs. That isn’t true. According to data from Chabot’s former employer, it’s around 22 percent at federal level, and 33 percent at the state level. And of course that doesn’t mean the drugs caused the crimes. Or even contributed to them. Though I’m sure there’s some of both. The only conclusion you can safely draw from those numbers is that there’s some overlap between people who use illegal drugs and people who commit violent and property crimes.
Chabot also says in the video that parents in San Francisco “don’t take their kids to the park anymore” because of the legal marijuana dispensaries. What does tha tmean? All parents? Some? A majority? Has he conducted a survey? I’m relatively certain he made this up too, but I guess I can’t really prove him wrong from my apartment in Nashville. I’m not even sure it’s possible to prove a statement like that right or wrong. I’m sure Chabot could find some parents who are frightened of the stoners. I’m sure I could find plenty who aren’t. So hey, San Francisco readers: Do you have kids? Are you afraid to take them to the park of late because of the marijuana fiends?
In the second video, Chabot, Franklin, and Jeff Miron take questions from the audience. During that segment, Chabot actually invokes the “surge” in Iraq in arguing for stepping up the drug war (and in doing so completely avoids the question posed to him). Just in case you were still under the delusion that the term “drug war” is a metaphor. He also says there are more youth entering rehab today for marijuana than all other drugs combined. I don’t know if that’s true, but if it is, it’s because courts and prosecutors make rehab a punishment for people arrested for possession (or, more likely, a condition for their charges to be dropped). Chemically, marijuana is less addictive than nicotine or caffeine.
Finally, Chabot says cops aren’t out there “hooking and booking” pot smokers. Chabot need only take a few steps out of the studio where this segment was filmed, where tricking pot smokers into committing crimes is a matter of policy at NYPD.
MORE: As someone in the comments section points out, Chabot recently ran for the California State Assembly. He lost in the GOP primary this month. He’s also a former drug addict. Never underestimate the tyranny of the former addict.