Wednesday, March 28, 2012

How prohibition supersized the 'ice' industry

Respected pro-reform journal The Economist lists some revealing statistics about the explosion of the methamphetamine industry under prohibition. 'Ice' is now being produced on an industrial scale. The graph illustrates how the purity has improved as the price has dropped in the US, making a mockery of the War on Drugs which suppresses relatively safe, natural drugs only to see more dangerous alternatives flourish, along with narco-states - poor countries which make a fortune from the artificially lucrative trade. Cambodia was in the news the other day, with the Prime Minister's nephew narrowly avoiding arrest in Melbourne on trafficking charges. With whole countries involved in the drug trade, even the USA is powerless to stop a trade for which their own citizens are the world's biggest customers. The harms of prohibition are worse than the harms of drugs.

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