Leonard Pitts Jr.’s Aug. 14 column, Suddenly, a big change in ‘War on Drugs’ shows the clarity that, at last, has come from looking at the human and financial costs of our futile drug policies.
The absurdity of our policies becomes even clearer when one realizes that it is also a war on the basic principles of the marketplace. As Adam Smith pointed out over 200 years ago, decreasing the supply of any product increases the price. Higher prices encourage additional producers and distributors.
Is the War on Drugs the greatest economic error since the fall of communism?
Martin R. Motes, Redland