Note: We’ve had another interesting visitor to the comments section of Where Kleiman gets annoyed once again that people are having a discussion â€” David Raynes of The International Task Force on Strategic Drug Policy.
Absolute must-read â€” Simon Jenkins: The war on drugs is immoral idiocy. We need the courage of Argentina.
The global trade in illicit narcotics ranks with that in oil and arms. Its prohibition wrecks the lives of wealthy and wretched, east and west alike. It fills jails, corrupts politicians and plagues nations. It finances wars from Afghanistan to Colombia. It is utterly mad. […]
Making supply illegal is worse than pointless. It oils a black market, drives trade underground, cross-subsidises other crime and leaves consumers at the mercy of poisons. It is the politics of stupid. […]
The mountain that must be climbed is licensing, regulating and taxing supply, thus ending a prohibition now outstripping in absurdity and damage America’s alcohol prohibition between the wars.
From the the deaths of British troops in Helmand to the narco-terrorism of Mexico and the mules cramming London’s jails, the war on drugs can be seen only as a total failure, a vast self-imposed cost on western society. It is the greatest sweeping-under-the-carpet of our age.
It’s a scathing OpEd. Really brilliant.
Another good read today is Fresh thinking on the war on drugs? by Bernd Debusmann for Reuters
What’s with the drug czar’s continuing fear of words?
Asked if Washington could learn from Mexico and take the step to allow possession of small quantities of harder drugs like heroin, Kerlikowske said: “It is not something that has been discussed under any circumstances.”
Not “the notion has been studied and rejected,” but rather that it hasn’t been discussed… under any circumstances.