S. Hrg. 114-722: America's Insatiable Demand for Drugs: Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, America's Insatiable Demand for Drugs, April 13, 2016, Assessing the Federal Response, May 17, 2016, Examining Alternative Approaches, June 15, 2016 [open pdf - 8MB]
This is the April 13, May 17, and June 15, 2016 hearing on "America's Insatiable Demand for Drugs" held before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. From the opening statement of Ron Johnson: "[..] the primary root cause of our unsecure border is America's insatiable demand for drugs, because it has given rise to the drug cartels, who, by and large, control whatever section of the Mexican side of the border they want to control--as General Kelly certainly showed us, in Guatemala, when we were with him--destroying public institutions throughout Central America and in some South American countries. This is an enormous problem and there are no easy solutions. We have been fighting a war on drugs for many decades, spending more than $25 billion a year. [..] But, the fact of the matter is, we have been extremely effective as the world's leading advertising country. We know how to market. We have reduced tobacco use. We need to put that same type of committed, long-term effort into doing everything we can to reduce our insatiable demand for drugs, because it creates so many problems--so much heartache." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John F. Kelly, Jonathan P. Caulkins, Cheryl Healton, Tony Sgro, Robert Budsock, Michael P. Botticelli, Kana Enomoto, Diana C. Maurer, D. Scott MacDonald, Ethan Nadelmann, David W. Murray, and Frederick Ryan.
S. Hrg. 114-722; Senate Hearing 114-722
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