Check out this excellent opinion piece on cnn.com. The author makes a cogent, concise argument for why the War on Drugs is not only failing us, but harming us.
My favorite excerpt: “Violence was common in the alcohol industry when it was banned during Prohibition, but not before or after. Violence is the norm in illicit gambling markets but not in legal ones. Violence is routine when prostitution is banned but not when it’s permitted. Violence results from policies that create black markets, not from the characteristics of the good or activity in question.”