“Making drugs legally available and regulated would ensure the purity
and dosing of drugs and save countless lives from overdoses.”
Ethan Simon served as a prosecutor in Bernalillo County, New Mexico for three years as well as a DWI license revocation hearing officer for three years. During his time in the courtroom, he served as a
narcotics grand jury prosecutor specializing in drug offenses; he was responsible for screening all of the narcotics related charges in Bernalillo County for constitutionality and to determine relevant and necessary charges.
Ethan, who had gone into law enforcement hoping for a career that would allow him to “sleep well at night,” became disenchanted when he was moved to the grand jury division and had to prosecute drug crimes. “I was horrified to find that people possessing nearly empty needles with heroin residue faced 18 months in prison and a felony record that would ruin their lives,” Ethan says. “Earlier, I had prosecuted crimes against children, the worst of the worst crimes. I saw how resources were sucked away from these important cases to be liberally spent prosecuting drug crime.”
Ultimately, Ethan believes the goals of drug laws should be to reduce drug abuse, addiction, and overdoses. “Making drugs legally available and regulated would ensure the purity and dosing of drugs and save countless lives from overdoses, and we could use the millions of dollars in savings to send addicts to the best treatment centers. I see how other countries deal effectively with drugs under a public health model, and I think we could do the same and even save money while we do it.”
A graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, Ethan is now a private defense attorney.