Drug War

Debunking The "War On Drugs" Libertarian Style

Bill Masters
Clay Evans

Reading his contribution to the new book, “The New Prohibition: Voices of Dissent Challenge the Drug War,” I was intrigued to learn that San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters once was an avid drug warrior. It was, he indicates, simply part of what it meant to be a Republican law enforcement official. But after several years of approaching drug use as a criminal problem, especially in free-spirited Telluride, he was frustrated by “the increasing drug problems in the county.” In other words, arresting and jailing drug users, which he had accepted without question, simply didn’t work.

Drug war crimes: the consequences of prohibition

Jeffrey Miron
Stephen Young

Prohibitionists and anti-prohibitionists may not be able to agree on much, but we can probably all endorse the idea that the war on drugs creates consequences.

More difficult to reconcile is the question of whether those consequences are positive or negative. As a fervent anti-prohibitionist, it seems clear to me that the consequences are overwhelmingly negative. Week after week, while skimming through hundreds of news stories about the drug war to put this newsletter together, the conclusion is inescapable.


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