Thursday, May 04, 2006

The Church of Prohibition

Camilla Cavendish is quite right about the "war on drugs", perhaps the most perverse global public policy of the last century:

The Church of Prohibition cannot just keep chanting “war on drugs”. The narcotics industry can only be beaten by governments taking over its market. Give Boots and Superdrug the right to supply cocaine, and the price would plummet. Place it next to the support tights, and it would cease to be glamorous. Take away the illicit profits and you would remove the associated violence, corruption and prostitution too.

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