And the winner in the U.S. “drug war” is. . .(drum roll)

DRUGS!

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=080701160706.4pl3ba3e&show_article=1

Americans are the world’s top consumers of cannabis and cocaine despite punitive US drug laws, according to an international study published in the online scientific magazine PLoS Medicine.

The study, released Monday, revealed that 16.2 percent of Americans had tried cocaine at least once, and 42.4 percent had used marijuana.

In the Netherlands, where drug policy is more liberal than the United States, 1.9 percent of survey participants said they had used cocaine and 19.8 percent marijuana.

In second-place New Zealand, just 4.3 percent of study participants had used cocaine, and 41.9 percent marijuana.

The research was conducted at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, based on World Health Organization data from 54,068 people in 17 countries.

The data also revealed socioeconomic patterns in drug use. Single young adult men with high income had the greatest tendency to regularly use drugs.

Drug use “does not appear to be simply related to drug policy,” the researchers wrote, “since countries with more stringent policies toward illegal drug use did not have lower levels of such drug use than countries with more liberal policies.”

And despite the US government’s massive anti-drug efforts, the United States remains the world’s top drug market, one amply supplied by South American cartels.

The US Drug Enforcement Agency has observed ever larger quantities of illegal drugs pouring into the country.

End Article Excerpts.

Just as in alcohol prohibition, criminalization will not and cannot stop usage.  Period.  Those who want to use will use.  However, there is substantial evidence (not just this article) that legalization would actually REDUCE usage.

Further, lots of crime is related to the drug trade.  If drugs were legalized, the drug trade as we know it would not exist, and neither would the related crimes.

Which do you prefer?

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