September 29, 2010 |
For decades, the U.S. debate over drug legalization has pitted conservatives on one side against libertarians and some liberals on the other. A few conservatives have publicly opposed the drug war (e.g., National Review founder William F. Buckley Jr.), but most conservatives either endorse it or sidestep the issue. Yet vigorous opposition to the drug war should be a no-brainer for conservatives. Legalization would not only promote specific policy objectives that are near and dear to conservative hearts, it is also consistent with core principles that conservatives endorse in other contexts.
March 30, 2009
Re "Clinton: U.S. shares blame for Mexico ills," March 26 Hillary Clinton says it is "our insatiable demand for illegal drugs" that fuels the drug trade and violence. In reality, it is not marijuana and the millions of Americans who use it that cause the violence -- it is drug prohibition that makes the plant more valuable than gold and creates a profit motive that people are willing to kill for. It would be more honest and accurate to blame U.S. drug-war policies pushed by her colleagues in Washington.
July 5, 2008 |
The United States' so-called war on drugs brings to mind the old saying that if you find yourself trapped in a deep hole, stop digging. Yet, last week, the Senate approved an aid package to combat drug trafficking in Mexico and Central America, with a record $400 million going to Mexico and $65 million to Central America. The United States has been spending $69 billion a year worldwide for the last 40 years, for a total of $2.5 trillion, on drug prohibition -- with little to show for it.
April 21, 2008
Today, Sullum and Stimson begin their Dust-Up by comparing drug decriminalization and legalization. Later in the week, they'll discuss drug-related violence, federal raids of marijuana dispensaries and more. Prohibition didn't work then; it isn't working now By Jacob Sullum The main disadvantage of "drug legalization" is the implication that the natural course of things, the default position, is for the government to dictate which substances people may put into their bodies.
August 18, 2007 |
President Bush and Mexican President Felipe Calderon could reach an agreement as early as Monday that would put American taxpayers on the hook for tens of millions of dollars in counter-narcotics aid to Mexico. It is a familiar game. U.S. leaders blame another country for our failure to reduce drug misuse here at home. That country escalates its war against drugs but asks the U.S. to pick up part of the tab.
March 31, 2007
Re "Street gang realpolitik," Current, March 25 Gratefully, finally, some talk about the dope-dealing pachyderm in the parlor; however, the bigger beast that spawned these dope gangsters manages to escape Will Beall's spotlight. There will be no discernible abatement of malicious gang activity, adolescent drug abuse, prison overcrowding or homelessness until we fess up to and act on the symbiotic relationship between drug prohibition and much of the turmoil we face. We must weed out lawmakers who reject the fact that addiction is a brain disorder.