For the government calling them “addicts” and throwing them in jail is a far simpler solution. It’s akin to sweeping the dust under the carpet. The problem doesn’t go away – it just “looks cleaner”. The fact that Colorado is undoing these draconian laws means that people are finally realizing that being addicted makes you the victim and not the criminal. Even if addiction is a “circumstantial-disease” it doesn’t mean that it isn’t a disease.