By Good morning. I’m Paul Thornton, The Times’ letters editor, and it is Saturday, March 12. Readers in Arizona (most of it, anyway) and Hawaii, ignore this sentence: Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour tonight. But before we time-travel into the future, let’s take a look back at the week in Opinion.

Stop imprisoning drug users. End executions for drug-related offenses. Set drug laws based on science, not ideology. And most important, decriminalize and regulate drugs.

These prescriptions for ending the failed war on drugs are often scripted by activists who operate unconstrained by the politics that hinder lawmakers from implementing better policy. But the latest call for reform in The Times doesn’t come from a medical marijuana proponent or policy wonk, but from three ex-presidents from parts of the world ravaged by drug violence.

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