Interesting Wall Street Journal article on the War on Drugs: Have We Lost the War on Drugs?.
I think that the focus on finding a tactic to solve the drug problem, quantity based offenses for example, is one that will not work. I also think decriminalization will not work.
Yes, I believe there would be progress, better services for addicts and lower incarceration numbers for example, if we were to decriminalize the buy end. But I do not believe that it would put much of a dent into criminal enterprises if we were to decriminalize the sell end. The idea that if you take away a criminal’s prime opportunity, he’ll go away, is foolish.
A real solution will be things like education, literacy, mentorships, and other such opportunities across the globe.