Best and brightest goes to prison for meth

A cautionary tale. Drugs don’t care if you are a Phi Beta Kappa Georgetown law student like Marc Gersen. He got addicted to meth, got in way over his head, thought he was smarter than the cops, kept dealing after they raided his apartment, and now he’s going to prison for four years after being caught with 500 grams of meth. So much for the law career.

Once addiction starts it becomes self-perpetuating and all-consuming and who you were before becomes irrelevant. 500 grams is 17 ounces. That’s a lot of meth and not casual dealing to pay for your own habit.

Addicts always think they’re too clever to get caught. This goes with the territory.That he kept on dealing after the police raid shows how deep the addiction had its claws in him.

I have been there”¦ Meth nearly took me down many years ago.

Portugal legalized personal use of all drugs some years ago and drug use there is now lower than in the rest of the EU. This is the best way to deal with drug problems. Deciminalize drugs and insure that treatment is readily available. Not only is this the most humane way of dealing with the problem, it’s also the best in terms of public safety.

The Velvet Underground’s song about meth.

White light goin’ messin’ up my brain
White light gonna drive me insane
White heat tickle me down to my toes
White light I said now goodness knows, do it.