Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Gang violence in Vancouver linked to prohibition
Three Canadian newspapers this week, reacting to an epidemic of public gangland shooting murders, have blamed it on drug prohibition and called for an examination of controlled, taxed supply policies.
The price of cocaine in particular has soared because of the War on Drugs, ironically one of the aims of the War. But high prices mean high profits and the gangs become all the more vicious in pursuit of the loot. It's Al Capone all over again and it's clear the harms of prohibition are worse than the harms of drugs, which are occurring in any case.
See an editorial from The Province journal in Vancouver here.
When will the Australian media begin catching up?