South Carolina’s former state treasurer has written about America’s drug war – years after serving time for drug charges. “Drug abuse is a medical, health care and spiritual problem,” former State Treasurer Thomas Ravenel wrote in an opinion piece printed in the Post and Courier Saturday. Ravenel decided to break his silence after being released from his 10-month prison sentence in 2009. In the piece about the nation’s drug war, Ravenel continued saying, “It’s not a problem to be solved within a criminal justice model.” The former state treasurer is now serving three-years of probation for his cocaine charges that ended his time in office.
Ravenel wrote in the Post and Courier about prohibiting drugs–“It is our government’s most destructive policy since slavery.” Ravenel says the government’s response to the drug war is a failure.
In a separate Post and Courier interview, he lists drugs that he says over criminalized.