Tuesday, January 27, 2009

What Should Replace the War on Drugs?

We've been fighting a war on drugs...which explains why we've been doing it so badly. The Rockefeller plan of locking up ever more non-violent offenders surely is not the answer. But simple legalization in this culture would probably work about as well as getting rid of the drinking age. If you think we have binge drinking problems now...

But what is the middle path? Medicalization of marijuana is a no-brainer. Give doctors all the tools they need to best treat the sick, but the question here is recreational use. Should there be an Amsterdam-type distinction between marijuana and other drugs or should they all be treated in the same way? What we have isn't working, but what should we put in its place?