We also never question our four-decades-old War on Drugs, which has produced cheaper drugs of higher quality at lower prices in thousands of U.S. cities and towns. It has helped create one of the largest prison populations in the world. If our drug policy were a ship, it would be called the Titanic.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, yet expecting different results. When it comes to the so-called drug war, the evidence is clear - our society's efforts to stem the flow of drugs for the past 100 years or longer are not only fruitless, but are counterproductive.
But it is doubtful that rationality will gain a foothold among policy makers anytime soon. The criminal justice industrial complex is too depended on this failure to give up easily.