Drugs Won the War
Nicholas Kristof

Jeffrey Miron, a Harvard economist, found that federal, state and local governments spend $44.1 billion annually enforcing drug prohibitions. We spend seven times as much on drug interdiction, policing and imprisonment as on treatment. (Of people with drug problems in state prisons, only 14 percent get treatment.)

So we could gain additional revenues by taxing sales of marijuana, decrease our prison populations, and save rough $40 billion per year by ending the war on drugs. Americans also gain more freedom.

End the war on drugs.

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