Amsterdam Rethinks Drug Legalization

Last week’s 75th Anniversary of the end of Prohibition and the repeal of the 18th Amendment provided an easy platform for the Legalization Lobby to make its case for ending drug prohibition. They argue that federal regulatory schemes outlawing drugs are not effective in combating dangerous use and actually exacerbate abuse and drug-related crimes. Such arguments are usually conveniently selective, leaving out the progress being made in battling drug addiction, not to mention the misery it inflicts. Another favorite is to cite lax drug laws in Europe, but those cities are actually reversing course due to the onslaught of drug-related crime.