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PostFailure of the War on Drugs (Luciano Dondero, Italy, 09/25/13 2:46 am)
To add to Massoud Malek's historical note of 21 September, in 2011 it was reported that:
"Global war on drugs 'has failed,' say former leaders" (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13624303 ).
This war is costing all of us a fortune. It fosters all sorts of Mafias and criminal organizations, and has many more and severely pernicious "side-effects," e.g., "The Negative Impact of the War on Drugs on Public Health: The Hidden Hepatitis C Epidemic"
It seems that no lesson has been drawn from the farce of Prohibition.
JE comments: There is near-universal agreement among WAISers that the War on Drugs is lost. Recall WAISer emeritus Tim Brown's insightful appeals for legalization. In the US, there is a gradual acknowledgement that the no-holds-barred war is over: consider the legalization of marihuana in Colorado and Washington, the adoption of lax "medical marihuana" laws in many states (including Michigan), and the reduction of mandatory sentencing for drug offenses. In my state, a phone call is usually all that's required to procure a marihuana license: "Doctor, I suffer from occasional migraines."
In two weeks, WAISers will have the chance to visit Adrian's newest thriving business: the "Head Shed." The name of that establishment is self-explanatory.