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Breaking the Addiction to a Failed Policy

My column for Foreign Policy this week was on the global war on drugs.  It recounts how the war, begun four decades ago by President Nixon, has failed to raise drug prices or reduce consumption in the US.  Yet the spillover effects at home are grim: spending on enforcement and imprisonment along with the huge social costs of a bulging prison population.  And the impact on the rest of the world has been even worse.  Tens of thousands have died in the conflict between drug cartels and police –many of whom were inno