Drug prohibition is the biggest failed policy in the history of our country. I know that is a strong statement, but once more people realize the unnecessary harms and disasters this policy has inflicted, they will surely start to agree.

None of this should be surprising. Abraham Lincoln explained the situation succinctly when he said: “Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation and makes crimes out of things that are not crimes. A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.” Let us also not forget that, in the Book of Genesis, even God couldn’t enforce a law of prohibition, and God was only dealing with two people!

I am a former “drug warrior,” although, like most other people, I never really gave it much thought. When I was a staff...

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