The LA Times offers a round-up of responses to the 40th anniversary of the drug war. They have been popping up everywhere for the last week and half but I haven’t linked to them because they all bemoan the incarceration rate and then argue for legalization. Some give lip service to treatment, but few spend time thinking about and describing what this kind of policy would look like.
I’m completely on board with the abhorrence of the incarceration rate. But is legalization the only other option?
Many of these commentaries point to a recent Global Position on Drug Policy report. Mark Kleiman responds here.
As I’ve said many times, there is no such thing as a problem-free drug policy, our choice is about which problems we’re willing to live with and how to mitigate the ones that remain.