Ernest Drucker, Huffington Post
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Drug "legalization" is no mystery. A new report shows that there are many alternatives to drug prohibition -- and all of them improve things.
Alcohol prohibition in the United States -- in place from 1920 to 1933-- was a national ban on the sale, manufacture and transportation of alcohol. Ending alcohol prohibition in 1933 required a new constitutional amendment, repealing the one that made alcohol illegal in the first place. Yet many people act as though creating alternatives to drug prohibition (drug legalization) would be like changing one of the 10 Commandments.
The Power and the Beauty of Portuguese Drug Policy, Helen Redmond, ZSpace
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The Ugly Truth of Mandatory Drug Sentencing, Seth Ferranti, the Fix
Clarence Aaron is serving three life terms for a small-time college cocaine deal, another victim of heinous mandatory drug sentencing laws. If he's waiting for Obama—or anyone else—for help, he'll be waiting a long time.
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