We suck at prohibition

Joaquín Archivaldo Guzman Loera heads what formally is known as the Sinaloa Cartel, which smuggles multi-ton loads of cocaine from Colombia through Mexico to the United States. One of the most powerful and dangerous drug gangs in Mexico, it also is known as the Guzman cartel, which has been tied to the production, smuggling and distribution of Mexican marijuana and heroin and has established transshipment outlets in the United States.

via FoxNews.com.

When someone we can put a name to is known because he “smuggles multi-ton loads of cocaine from Columbia..to the United States” can we call the Drug War a complete failure? Really, millions of people in the U.S. use the stuff and hundreds of thousands of them are locked up in prison. All because, like Towelie, they just wanted to get high. What do the guys drinking Jack Daniels want to do? Why aren’t we arresting them and those that make Johnnie Walker Red? Because it didn’t work.

Oh, and can someone with more historical knowledge than I possesses, tell me why alcohol had to be prohibited with an amendment to the constitution and abolished with another amendment and narcotics didn’t? I’m sure there is a really good reason the .gov is allowed to regulate this and I’m just not smart enough to recognize it.

I wouldn’t even  know where to go to buy weed, much less the hard stuff. But it seems like we have lost the  “War on Drugs”. Maybe after all these years we could at least decide on a change in tactics?

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  • LauraB  On October 18, 2010 at 11:05 am

    It is a BUSINESS, the Drug War. No one wants to cut off their profit margin. Radley’s work here (http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=6476 )is an early and important piece – you may already be familiar.

    The amount of money is stupifying – on both sides. Add in private prisons rolling those dollars back to the states for stocking them with profitable “guests”…

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