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War on Drugs is most self-destructive war in U.S. history

The so-called "War on Drugs" has been the most self-destructive war in American history since the Civil War. Motivated by the same naive idea that led America into prohibition, the war has cost billions of dollars, and countless American lives; it has weakened civil rights, and it has destroyed and democracy of the many South and Central American nations drawn into the illegal drug trade.

We must acknowledge the mistake of this war. Not the mistake in its objective--to protect the vulnerable against debilitating addiction. Instead, the mistake in its means. We should treat addiction like a disease, with compassion and support.

I therefore support the legalization of marijuana--not because I want my children to use that drug, but because I recognize the limits of government's power in a free society. I would also press the federal government to develop plans to decriminalize other controlled substances--at least when it is clear that the cost of prohibition exceeds any benefit to society

Source: 2016 presidential campaign website Lessig2016.us, `Issues` , Oct 29, 2015

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