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Why The War On Drugs Is A Failure

In the early 20th century the US initiated a policy of prohibition. Just as with many illegal narcotics today, alcohol production, consumption and distribution (save for certain state approved reasons such as medicine) was strictly outlawed. After less than a decade and a half of attempting to maintain this new status quo with increasing futility, the policy was thrown out as an abject failure. During that time millions were exhausted in the interest of enforcement only to see alcohol consumption shoot up to levels even higher than those prior to the ban. Organized crime had a field day[1] and in time many law enforcement officials simply turned a blind eye to the thriving underground industry that sprang up, many of them being frequent consumers. Fast forward to the 21st century and we see striking similarities to the modern world’s ‘War on Drugs’.  Billions are spent each year as budgets inflate[2] while the problem seemingly worsens with cartels, gangs and other forms of organized crime flourishing en masse. Are we saying to end this ‘war’ entirely and legalize every drug much the same as prohibition was abandoned? Obviously not. However emphasis must be placed on the fact that a heavy handed

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