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A good editorial: Drug war squabble an ongoing fraud at the Santa Fe New Mexican.

Seems no one on Capitol Hill wants to confront a reality: Drug trafficking, in Mexico and everywhere else illicit narcotics are grown, processed and moved in America’s direction, continues to thrive because this is where the stuff is consumed at whatever cost a protected market will bear.
Keep drugs illegal, make them more expensive by busting the occasional shipment, and the price goes up. Those controlling the supply grow richer; all the more capable of bribing everyone outside and inside our boundaries, from street cops to prosecutors. And those who can’t be bought can be assassinated. […]
Neither Mexico’s government nor ours can buy enough cannon-fodder for this bogus war.
What Congress can do is invest in education, counseling and treatment to catch up with, then head off, drug use. When those things are in place, de-criminalize drug possession; make the stuff available, free or cheap, at clinics. De-glamorize it and take away the profit motive so many vested interests have in drugs.
Who in Congress dares do such a thing?

Who, indeed?

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