American drug policy may be on the verge of big changes, but the results won’t be the Stoner Utopia drug activists dream of — and the changes may not do very much for the inner city.
I’ve been posting about the inner cities lately and there is one subject that can’t be avoided in dealing with urban problems: the catastrophic human cost both of drugs and of our faltering War on Drugs. The widespread use of drugs in our inner cities and elsewhere in our society is both a cause and a symptom of social decay. Drug addicts and heavy, habitual users do not make good students, good workers, good citizens, good neighbors or good parents. This has nothing to do with illegality: cocaine could be as legal as parsley and it would still ruin lives.(more…)