Thinking the Unthinkable

As frustration mounts over a failed policy, serious people are asking: Why not end the crime and profits by making drugs legal?

Neat little packets of marijuana, coke and even heroin nestling against the vitamins at the neighborhood drugstore? And selling at a low Government-set price with a guarantee of purity? It sounds like a black comedy or perhaps a gaudy hallucination. In fact, it is the extreme version of a new policy course being advocated in dead seriousness by a growing number of those frustrated by the futility of the drug war. The 74 years of federal prohibition that have passed since the Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914 have been a costly and abject failure, they say, and the effort is doomed....

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