Too Much Ain't Enough

Not too long ago a criminal defense attorney called to explore whether I might testify as an expert witness as to whether the amount of drugs in his arrested client’s possession might fall into the personal use quantity rather than what one might associate with dealing. Perhaps the words from Billy Joe Shaver’s song, “Old Five and Dimers Like Me,” which I frequently saw displayed on the front of the old Lone Star Cafe at the corner of 13th Street and Fifth Avenue in New York City, say it all: “Too Much Ain't Enough.”

The perfect analogy soon occurred to me: The DEA often proclaims victory in the “War on Drugs” according to the enormous amounts of some drug or other they claim to have seized in a bust. To me, the larger the amount, the greater proof of DEA’s abject failure. Too much ain’t enough.

It’s all about how you spin it.

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