End the Federal Government’s 45-year war on drugs

End the Federal Government’s 45-year war on drugs and all the financial and social costs it creates, including the burdens on the legal system and the immigration system (e.g., people coming from Central and South American countries claiming they are in danger from drug lords, etc.), while leaving the states with the power to regulate recreational and medicinal drug use. The war on drugs is completely failing—unlawful drugs are everywhere. After such a long period of failure, logic says: Do something different. The states must balance their budgets and live within their means. They will need to act in practical cost-effective manners. They will learn from each other and gravitate towards best practices. The Economist magazine (probably the most respected financial journal in the world) stated in 2009 that eliminating the war on drugs and concentrating on education and rehabilitation is the best ‘all things considered’ option. It said in its Leaders section in the March 7th-13th 2009 edition: “In fact the war on drugs has been a disaster, creating failed states in the developing world even as addiction has flourished in the rich world. By any sensible measure, the 100 year struggle has been illiberal, murderous and pointless. That is why The Economist continues to believe that the least bad policy is to legalise drugs. . . . This newspaper first argued for legalization 20 years ago. Reviewing the evidence again, prohibition seems even more harmful, especially for the poor and weak of the world. . . . Our solution is a messy one; but a century of manifest failure argues for trying it.” The Economist article on drugs (PDF) Note: in 2004, when I first ran for U.S. Senate, I was in favor of (only) legalizing marijuana. Now, some states have legalized it and the trend is for legalization expansion–possibly nationwide. The drug war will eventually end.