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Schmoke's vindication
Schmoke's vindication

When Gov. Larry Hogan's task force on heroin overdose deaths met at the University of Baltimore last week, the panel was greeted by the school's newly installed president, Kurt Schmoke, a former Baltimore mayor with plenty of experience coping with the city's heroin epidemic. More than 20 years ago Mr. Schmoke sparked a nationwide debate over his then-controversial idea that the so-called "war on drugs" was as much a public health crisis as a criminal justice matter. For his trouble Mr. Schmoke was ridiculed for being soft on crime, but the passage of time has vindicated his view. "I'm pleased by the tone of the comments I'm hearing today from county...

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