Roundtable: America's Insatiable Demand for Drugs: Examining Alternative Approaches, Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, June 15, 2016   [open pdf - 739KB]

This testimony compilation is from the June 15, 2016 hearing "Roundtable: America's Insatiable Demand for Drugs: Examining Alternative Approaches," before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. From the prepared statement of Ethan Nadelmann: "The war on drugs has had a devastating impact on the world: murder and mayhem in Mexico, Central America, and so many other parts of the planet, a global black market estimated at 300 billion dollars a year, prisons packed in the United States and elsewhere, police and military drawn into an unwinnable war that violates basic rights, and ordinary citizens just hoping they don't get caught in the crossfire. Meanwhile, there are just as many people using drugs as ever. It is our country's history with alcohol Prohibition and Al Capone, times 50. Drug control strategies that seek to interrupt the supply at its source have failed over and over again for cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and virtually every drug to which they have been applied--including alcohol during alcohol Prohibition. Fundamental economic principles demonstrate why: As long as a strong demand for a drug exists, a supply will be made available at some price to meet it. Worse than simply being ineffective, supply-side strategies drive immutable market forces to expand cultivation and trafficking, generate unintended consequences, and, in many instances, ultimately worsen the problem." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: D. Scott MacDonald, Ethan Nadelmann, David W. Murray, and Frederic Ryan.

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