The war on drugs and vested interests

The Economist has an article on the war on drugs in its February 11, 2012 issue.  Here’s my comment.

The problem with the war on drugs is that there are some powerful  people with a vested interest in keeping it going – judges, lawyers and police.

I once asked a (slightly inebriated) drugs police detective how many judges and police would be out of work if the drugs problem were to be solved.  His answer was one-third.

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