The White House’s “czar” on drugs has proposed an end to the “war on drugs.“
Gil Kerlikowske, a former police chief in Seattle, suggests the Obama administration will pursue a policy of treatment rather than incarceration. He doesn’t have the power to enact such a change; he’ll have to work with a Congress that doesn’t much cotton to running against a barrage of “soft on crime” opposition ads.
It’s a gamble, obviously. Appearing on Daily Show last night, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani, noted that the evils perpetrated by the Taliban, come from the fruit of the poppy — heroin.
There is a cost to this, documented by the War on Drugs Clock Web site. Nearly two million are arrested on drug violations a year. But many people argue the war has been lost.
Is it possible to eliminate a demand only through treatment?
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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