A Republican-sponsored bill in the Lone Star legislature would send Texans caught with small amounts of drugs to treatment rather than jail. "We can use every single bed we empty of a guy who got caught with less than a Sweet'n'Low pack of cocaine," explains Rep. Ray Allen (R-Grand Prairie). "We can use that bed to lock up a rapist."
Some drugs would be exempt from the measure, and compulsory treatment isn't exactly a libertarian approach to the issue. Still, it sure beats a felony conviction, and I doubt those recovery centers are anywhere near as unpleasant as a Texas prison. It may not be the drug reform I would prefer, but it's still more humane than what we have now.