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A criminally stupid war on drugs in the US by Clive Crook

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How much misery can a policy cause before it is acknowledged as a failure and reversed? The US ‹war on drugsŠ suggests there is no upper limit. The country‰s implacable blend of prohibition and punitive criminal justice is wrong-headed in every way: immoral in principle, since it prosecutes victimless crimes, and in practice a disaster of remarkable proportions. Yet for a US politician to suggest wholesale reform of this brainless regime is still seen as an act of reckless self-harm.

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