The new drug war: Go after the cash

  • Article by: Mark Osler
  • Updated: September 14, 2013 - 6:36 AM

If not incarceration in the drug war, then what? (Go after the cash.)

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theruntSep. 13, 13 8:36 PM

Since an estimated 15 million people smoke marijuana, legalizing it would take a big chunk of the cash now going to dealers.

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lalahemSep. 13, 1310:08 PM

Regulate and tax.

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pumiceSep. 13, 1310:33 PM

From the article: "Fortunately, we now have a cadre of people who are very good at interdicting cash flow: the FBI agents who have become skilled at intercepting money intended to support terrorism." Unfortunately, sequestration is hitting the FBI through attrition and furloughs.

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owatonnabillSep. 14, 13 5:34 AM

There is no greater stupidity extant than America's "war on drugs". The criminal activities (not just use, but supply) have taken more lives than drugs ever could--or will. Programs in Portugal and The Netherlands have shown conclusively that legalizing drugs (and offering treatment) does not make addiction rates go up and in fact brings them down. Less incarceration is a good start, but does nothing to really attack the problem, and "going after the cash" will merely encourage the illegal activities attendant upon the drug trade to develop more effective (read "murderous") methods of protecting the cash flow. A massive rethink is in order. Whenever the cure ends up being worse than the disease, proceeding mindlessly with that cure is beyond idiotic.

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jd55604Sep. 14, 1311:11 AM

For several years now; federal, state and local law enforcement agencies around the country have been abusing asset forfeiture laws in order to increase their budgets at the expense of our civil rights. I bet many of you didn't know that in many states a person doesn't even have to be convicted of a crime to have the police seize their home, business, cash or cars. Expanding these laws creates a huge financial incentive for departments and their armed employees to essentially steal money and property from innocent people.

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jd55604Sep. 14, 1311:19 AM

lalahem: "Regulate and tax."......I'm not sure what you mean. Drugs are currently regulated using thousands of pages of state and federal drug laws. If you are arrested for any drug related offense the government typically taxes you by issuing you a fine. The government has done a lousy job taxing and regulating the recreational drug industry.

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