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Thanks for the references, VS.

I personally oppose the "war on drugs" for a number of reasons:

1. its a futile lost "war"
2. it has yielded draconian tactics which trample our fundamental rights (asset forfeiture laws which allow the seizure of property from innocent acquaintances or yet-to-be-charged suspects, the potentially abusive zero-tolerance laws which allow prosecution of somebody for small amounts of a banned substance on their person or property, etc.)
3. it has produced a highly profitable black market which results in spin-off crime
4. its counterproductive due to a highly profitable black market motivating "pushing" of the drug to young people
5. its a highly expensive government enterprise due to the high cost of incarceration and interdiction
6. it takes money away from more effective approaches such as prevention and treatment
7. it distracts law enforcement from more important truly criminal matters.

I personally think the drug war is a major contributor to the deterioration of our inner cities. Both major parties know this but lack the political courage to admit it. So they both continue to support the massively destructive "drug war."

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