the addicted mind is nearly incapable of rational thought when in the depths of addiction. an addict may know and actually want help, but when that craving hits, it supersedes pretty much everything in the brain. the only way to realistically deal it is to treat it as the desease it is with a combination of drug therapy and counseling.
I would suppose that most of the individuals that oppose this type of reform consider themselves to be conservatives. The irony of this, is that the present drug laws are a liberal manipulation. Consider the use factors with respect to the present law.
When you go out on the street and arrest someone for having a bad habit and spend countless dollars through the legal system to punish them, what do you call this? While it may not be what they want, it is still an entitlement. The conservative approach would be to let those that have a bad habit deal with it on their own.
The present drug laws involve the DEA, Justice Department, Immigration, Armed Forces and federal penal institutions. Eliminating these from the picture as much as possible would make government smaller, which is a conservative goal.
The founding fathers of this nation wanted to have as little government interference with the day-to-day life of its citizens as possible. Thomas Jefferson referred to this as the pursuit of happiness, which every person is entitled to. The present drug laws violate a citizens Constitutional rights.