Yes, the U.S. Department of Justice should definitely get rid of a mandatory minimum sentence for non-violent drug users. If they are just using the drug then they should get counseling and assistance kicking the habit, not locked up behind bars away from their family, friends, spouses and children. There are too many people in our prison system who shouldn't be there.
The problem with a written code of laws with no flexibility or capability for human judgment and mercy is that no written code can cover every possible situation that may occur in the world. Mercy in particular is necessary when dealing with dynamic growing human beings. Although consistency is necessary when training living creatures, excessive force will turn them mean and dangerous. How much force is excessive actually varies between individuals, based on their background, prior training, and genetics. No written code can account for that variation in order to adjust the punishment and training to reach the desired result of salvaging and making productive citizens from lawbreakers.
The U.S. Department of Justice should get rid of mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug users. This gives these people a chance in rehab to turn their lives around. Being in prison migt prove a lesson, but it will not give the user better days in the short-term. Mandatory rehab is a better treatment.
Yes, there are situations where drug users attack people and defraud people. They also may steal or other things to support their habit. There are, however, already laws to deal with these issues. To have mandatory sentences for people that are essentially just doing damage to themselves is silly in my opinion, especially if they are not violent offenders.
A minimum sentence may sound harsh, but I hear that it isn't so bad. It does give drug users time to think, and then get out. But I think with lighter drugs such as marijuana and Jenkem that it should change. Classifying the difference between light drugs and hard drugs is important.