Lawmaker hosts experts to discuss important issue
State Rep. Tom McMillin invites residents to join him and two national experts at a June 10 town hall as they discuss the failings of the war on drugs and the resulting unintended consequences on modern society.
McMillin, R-Rochester Hills, said the informative town hall will take place at 7 p.m., June 10 at Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne Road in Rochester.
“We have poured a tremendous amount of effort and money into the war on drugs during the past four decades, diverting resources that likely could have been better used toward preventing violent crimes,” McMillin said. “We have to ask ourselves: Is this a good return on our investment? Are our efforts having any impact?”
Joining McMillin will be Dan Korobkin, a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union and Chad Padgett of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, an expert in youth corrections formerly with the Indiana Department of Corrections.
“The national drug control budget for fiscal year 2012 allocated $25.2 billion to reduce drug use and its consequences in the United States. The Federal Bureau of Prison Systems reports that 47.2 percent of all its inmates are behind bars for drug-related offenses,” McMillin said. “Is this ‘war on drugs’ still worth fighting?”
No reservations are required. For more information, call McMillin at 517-373-1773 or email him at TomMcMillin@house.mi.gov.