What the hell, I'll take a stab at this.
This is what I can see regarding RWHN's stance:
1) If an adult wants to fuck themselves up on drugs, go right ahead.
2) Some studies have shown that a child's brain is still developing even as old as a late teen.
2a) Some of those studies have shown that the decision-making areas in a child's brain are not fully formed as a teenager.
2b) Some other studies have shown that drugs can alter/stunt a child's brain more profoundly than an adult's.
3) Something should be done to prevent children from fucking up their brains.
I personally agree with all of the above.
Of course, any proposed solutions have to take place in the real world; and he's looked at a lot of studies (perhaps not all, but quite a lot); and he's gone into schools to observe; and he's gone to the state house; and he's seen the bureaucracy at work, the police in action, and the statistics on the ground. And he's decided on a course of action.
Perhaps it's not optimal. Perhaps it's ineffectual. It certainly isn't widely agreed with around here. But I know one thing for sure, in my years of interacting with him on this board... he's not dumb. He's used his brain, and he's weighed options. He knows about Maybe Logic, he knows the "in some sense" mantra. He knows about BIP and wearing blinders. He knows about the menu and the meal, the map and the territory.
He's agreed that kids shouldn't get criminal records. He's agreed that education and counseling and social improvements to communities will reduce the usage rate more than criminal punishment. He's also taken a few stances that seem... draconian, at least to me (and apparently, many of you). And yeah, I disagree with him at times. But to call him a shill, a shitneck, an asshole, a fraud, or a brainwashing fascist seems a bit much.
He looked at the situation, thought it over, and has made a choice. The fact that he continues to post here, even when some threads turn into one person vs the entire board (and can often get kind of ugly), speaks volumes to me about what kind of person he is.
Anyway, just thought I'd put that out there. I don't agree with his methods, but I think I agree with much of his core principles.