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"War on Drugs": How Will Domestic Legalization Affect International Conflict?

The War on Drugs
Paul Finkelman

In the United States, I think what is most interesting is the fact that it’s destroying much of the country. A program designed to enforce laws and create regulations is undermining law enforcement, undermining civil liberties, and undermining whole cultures within the society. About the only people benefitting from the War on Drugs are drug dealers, people who build prisons, and prison guards. We’ve incarcerated huge numbers of people and it has had no noticeable effect on drug importation and drug use. What the War on Drugs does is basically provide incredible profits for drug dealers. The War on Drugs has become an economic engine unto itself, and I’m interested in that because I’m watching it harm large portions of American society.