I’m writing about Howard Wooldridge’s thoughtful letter: Prohibition not the answer, published in the February 22, North Star.
The American-led war on drugs was doomed from the very beginning.
Regardless of the money put into the anti-drug program, one cannot nullify the basic supply and demand law of economics.
As long as people want to purchase recreational drugs and are willing to pay a substantial price to buy them, somebody will produce them and somebody else will somehow get the drugs to the willing buyers.
This is guaranteed.
The war on drugs has transformed the United States into the most incarcerated nation in history.
With less than five per cent of the world’s population, the US has almost one fourth of the world’s prisoners. In other words, one out of every four prisoners in the world is locked in an American prison, thanks primarily to America’s counter-productive war on certain (politically selected) drugs. The United States government is in no position to give any other nation advice on how to run an anti-drugs campaign.
No other nation has wasted more resources on fighting drugs and no other nation has imprisoned more citizens for drug law violations than the US, yet no other nation has been less successful in solving its drug problem than the United States.
My advice to Canada and the rest of the world: Carefully observe the US drug policy and do the opposite.
Don’t follow us - we’re lost.