After reading this, and articles like it, I sometimes wonder if the War on Drugs is worth it. Leaving aside the question about whether it's winnable -- it certainly doesn't seem to be, in the decades that we've pursued it -- I wonder if its worth the time and money we put into it.
In one of
the Tom Clancy novels, his president says that the drug problem in, I
believe, Colombia is actually the fault of the Americans who buy the
drugs, and that his solution is to intensify the results of being
caught with drugs -- making users of recreational drugs have to do
public service, such as cleaning the streets. I remember thinking, at
the time that i read that, he's assuming that punitive measures work.
And sometimes they do work. I don't know that, but I'm willing
to think that its possible. But as a general response, they seem to
work as well as Prohibition did.
I don't like the idea of saying so, just decriminalize drug use? make it acccepted and legal? Control it as we do alcohol? I
don't like it because somehow it feels like we're giving up, letting
the bad guys win. But there are times when I wonder if that would not