Up in Smoke: How 2013 Saw Intl Drug Prohibition Unravel

Up in Smoke: How 2013 Saw Intl Drug Prohibition Unravel

As The Economist noted in February, drug prohibition has not worked as well as one might have hoped: Since 1998, when the UN held an event entitled “A drug-free world: we can do it”, consumption of cannabis (marijuana) and cocaine has risen by about 50%; for opiates, it has more...

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Why are Drugs Illegal, Anyway? Part 1

Why are Drugs Illegal, Anyway? Part 1

The fact that drugs are illegal is so embedded in our collective consciousness that we rarely question why this is so. The answer that comes to mind is that “drugs are bad”—bad for your health, bad for the economy, bad for society, and, consequently, laws should curtail their use. But...

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