Washington Libertarian Review

Political commentary from the State of Washington with a libertarian perspective.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Capitalism wins again, for this round anyway

In yet another handwringing story about the illegal drug problem, local law enforcement now says that 75% of all methamphetamine consumed in Washington is coming from California and Mexico. Why Oregon escapes opprobrium isn't clear.

Why should this be a surprise? The fact is that illegal drugs will continue to be a problem for as long as there is a profit in the manufacture and delivery of the stuff. Sooner or later, one hopes, our national and state leadership will finally get the message that decriminalization and medical treatment is the only workable solution. Witness the steady, relentless, campaign against cigarettes. Regulation is always more powerful than interdiction.


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