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Forbes Blogger Attacks Mead, Repents in Sackcloth and Ashes

E. D. Kain at Forbes launched a missile strike at my post on the drug war, then took most of it back after a discerning reader hauled him over the coals.  Kain appears to believe that giving authority over drugs to the states is the way to sort out this mess.  So if cocaine is legal in Colorado but banned in Wyoming our drug problems are solved?  Can Aspen-bound blow be trucked legally through Casper?

It seems to be an article of faith in the libertarian drug camp that drugs aren’t different: that alcohol, pot, heroin, cocaine, crystal meth and ecstasy are similar substances with similar social consequences.  They aren’t, and the politics around these drugs are all different, and together that means that our post-war drug policy is going to be messy, inconsistent and not particularly successful.  Sorry to bring the bad news, but there it is.

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