A New Mission Impractical: Zero Tolerance for Users

Sometimes it's the little things that count. How little? In San Diego last week U.S. Customs agents seized Atlantis II, an $80 million research vessel once used to explore the wrack of the Titanic, after a routine search turned up traces of pot in the shaving kit of a crew member along with two marijuana pipes. The ship was returned, but only when its owner, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, agreed to send Customs officials a letter supporting the antidrug campaign and promising to tighten security. Zero tolerance strikes again.

Even as some Americans were asking whether drugs should be legalized,...

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