Reason’s Radley Balko writes a good essay on some of the unintended consequences of the ‘war on drugs’.
The most common arguments against the drug war is that it leads to more crime and more deaths and yet doesn’t achieve much change in behaviour. Balko looks at some other issues, including the militarisation of the police force, the undermining of medical treatments, the costs of having 350,000 non-violent drug criminals in jail, the watering down of the rule of law and the negative impact on foreign policy.
But in a piece of good news, Massachusetts has recently changed their laws so that possession of up to an ounce (28 grams) of marijuana is no longer a criminal offense. Despite the predictions of doom from the fear-mongers and bureaucrats, 65% of voters decided to ease up on the evil weed. As they should.