Now that's dumb

The US government is going to try to outspend heroin addicts for opium. I'm awfully cynical about government, but this still ranks among the stupidest things I've ever heard. As the Drug Policy Alliance says:

"The so-called 'carrot and stick' approach has failed in every country it has been tried in, including our own," said Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance. "As long as there is a demand for drugs, there will be a supply to meet it. Drug prohibition makes plants more valuable than gold."

A recent report from the State Department's Office of the Inspector General on counternarcotics programs in Afghanistan contained a pessimistic analysis of existing strategies. The report confirmed that eradication goals "were not realistic," and said that "the assessment team found no realistic possibility of outspending economic incentives in the narcotics industry."

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