Retaining the focus and the spirit of the acclaimed First Edition, The Drug Legalization Debate, Second Edition, addresses the major issues involved in the continuing drug legalization debate - including deterrence, treatment, education, and prevention. It also examines drug use trends at the end of the millennium, the use of cannabis as a wonder drug and a look at whether legalizing drugs would really reduce violent crime.
Chapter 7: Why the Drug War Will Never End
Why the Drug War Will Never End
The drug war is a primarily violent effort ostensibly aimed at the use by a minority of the already small number of users of an arbitrarily determined subset of the recreational mood-altering drugs. It does wreak havoc on certain sectors of non-White neighborhoods and imprisons relatively large numbers of mostly young non-White males. However it has had no, and by its “supply-side” nature could not have had, a demonstrable effect on illicit drug use.[Page 126]
Nevertheless, there are five reasons why the drug war will never end. First, it has a racist basis: Although about 75% of regular illicit drug users are White, since the war is waged almost entirely in non-White neighborhoods ...