May 5, 2007

Cocaine

It seems that despite a recent crackdown by the new president of Mexico, cocaine continues its long-term trend of lower prices and higher potency.
Despite billions of dollars in U.S. antidrug spending and record seizures, statistics recently released by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy suggest that cocaine is as available as ever.
It seems that the lessons of basic economics have still failed to sink in to the Drug Czar's office. What really interests me is how to change the debate. It is still taboo to mention drug policy reform in an article like this--true to form, we have a list of complaints about how the drug war is continuing to fail in its stated objectives, but no mention of the alternative solution that we've been trumpeting for years. My friends, I think we face a problem of marketing.

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