One of the things I have been asked on numerous occasions is “Are we winning the war on drugs?” Every time I get that question, I have to say that inside I cringe just a little bit. I am not sure who came up with the idea of the war on drugs, but I wish he or she never said it! Usually it is a sincere question coming from a concerned citizen who knows that if we are winning, it sure has been a long war!
However, sometimes the question is designed as a setup by someone who thinks legalizing drugs is the real answer and, by just taxing drugs, all will be well with the world, and the government will actually make money instead of throwing millions of dollars of resources at the problem. Taxing seems to be the answer to everything lately, especially when politicians have an insatiable appetite to spend other people’s money. [Read more…]