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The War on Drugs: Because Prohibition Worked So Well

gsw Wrote: Aug 29, 2012 10:24 PM
Just out of curiosity how does legalizing (decriminalizing) drugs affect drug production in Afghanistan? They have been a world producer of opium for centuries. and would have a much larger market given complete legalization. would they not? After all following prohibition, alcohol consumption skyrocketed and hasn't abated since.
Forty years ago, the United States locked up fewer than 200 of every 100,000 Americans. Then President Nixon declared war on drugs. Now we lock up more of our people than any other country -- more even than the authoritarian regimes in Russia and China.

A war on drugs -- on people, that is -- is unworthy of a country that claims to be free.

Unfortunately, this outrage probably won't be discussed in Tampa or Charlotte.

The media (including Fox News) run frightening stories about Mexican cocaine cartels and marijuana gangs. Few of my colleagues stop to think that this is...