Although my above statement was a “tongue-in-cheek” remark, it doesn’t alter its truth. Interdiction – “The War on Drugs” – has been an abysmal failure. In the words of Talleyrand, “It’s worse than a crime; it’s a blunder.” To oppose the “war on drugs” and to believe that legalization is a better course of action does not mean that one who believes the latter also believes that drug use is a good thing.
The point is that interdiction has been tried for decades and it doesn’t work! R. Gil Kerlikowske was the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. He brought 37 years of law enforcement and drug policy experience to the position. What does he say about the “war on drugs?” “In the grand scheme, it has not been successful,” Kerlikowske told the Associated Press. “Forty years later, the concern about drugs and drug problems is, if anything, magnified, intensified.” After 40 years, the United States’ war on drugs has cost $1 trillion and God knows how many thousands of lives, and for what? Drug use is rampant and violence even more brutal and widespread. The only thing that I can see that was accomplished is that the United States has the largest prison population in the world.
I posted a 5-part series on the War on Drugs:
It is difficult to know exactly what will happen if drugs were legalized, What isn’t difficult to know is that what we have been doing is a failure. Persistence is futile.