"An open society must be prepared
to listen to those who offer a critique of its conventional wisdom—and our conventional wisdom about drugs and addiction should be no exception."
With all the public smoking bans
coming in effect over the past few years, the anti-tobacco movement seems en route to achieve its favored objective: prohibition
. Michael Siegel
keeps a careful eye on them at The Rest of the Story
The Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibition
by Jeffrey Miron of Boston U.. So far, endorsed by 500+ economists, including Milton Friedman.
*End prohibition and save $7.7 billion in govt. expenditure.
*Tax its sale, like alcohol, and generate $6.2 billion in revenue.
"After the War on Drugs - Options for Control
is a major new report examining the key themes in the drug policy reform debate, detailing how legal regulation
of drug markets will operate, and providing a roadmap and time line for reform." It's concise and reasonable, but is this report from the Transform Drug Policy Foundation (Google News lookup)
really "the first practical road map
for a benign drug policy that must follow the collapse of drug prohibition"? ... "No countries have yet legalised any drug covered under the U.N. convention" - will anything change anytime soon?
While some EU countries are negotiating peace after their failed war on drugs, US legislators keep on the old Prohibition path.
Just yesterday I noticed the new "My Anti-Drug" campaign included the careful discalimer that "all drugs, even marijuana" are morally wrong to take. Equating the harm and effects of all controlled substances isn't helping kids, it just makes them ignorant. Of course, most Americans' Anti-Drug is alcohol.