Monday, November 20, 2006

Time to End Prohibition

Submarine with cocaine seized off Costa Rica: Makeshift vessel carrying 3.5 tons of drugs en route from Colombia to U.S.

Thanks to Prohibition, the drug trade is so lucrative that smuggling cartels can reap enough in black market profits to afford such technology. According to the article, 3.5 tons has a street value of $300 million. That’s one-third of a billion (with a B). My guess is, that would buy more than a few submarines.

And so what if they caught this one sub? How many more do you think are out there right now? How many resources do you think are being used by the drug cartels to study and respond to government tactics?

The "War on Drugs" is a glorious disaster. We may have a few ceremonial victories, like this. But we will never stop the trade of a product that present such lucrative opprotunities.

It's time to give it up. Re-legalize it. Get it back in the hands of legitimate companies. Hell, regulate and tax it if you want to. That would be better than putting a $300 million dollar gift into the hands of violent, murderous thugs, and their coke-addicted, old-lady-mugging clientele.

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