Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The War on Drug Clock: Tick, Tick, Boom!
The latest drug czar states that there is no longer a "war on drugs." You wouldn't know it from his recent statements but let's chill and see what happens. Oh right, we already know. Towns in California are passing spurious laws to deny medical marijuana pharmacies from being established within municipal borders. Poll after poll show that Americans are in favor of either decriminalization, or outright legalization of marijuana and the op-ed pages are full of intriguing ideas on how to make "green" by taxing our green.
So how much is being spent by the government on its non-drug war in terms of real cost - financial costs and people costs? The Drug War Clock tallies the costs in real time and provides references to its sources for further illumination.