I was listening to a story yesterday about drug violence in Mexico and it got me thinking. When will it be time to revisit American drug policy? We know that in terms of economic efficiency, treatment and prevention are far more effective than incarceration and prosecution. I believe it was an old Rand study that was definitive on that point. More to the point, should we consider decriminalizing some drugs? All of them? Marijuana is often brought up as a candidate. We know that sell of Marijuana provides billions of dollars to Mexican drug cartels. In general, it seems a good candidate for decriminalization. It is impossible to overdose on it. I've seen no studies conclusively indicating it is physically habit-forming. Sure, it's not healthy and may have long-term health effects, but so does alcohol- which can be physically habit-forming and is definitely possible to overdose on as some discover at universities across the country every year. What do you think? Legalize it and tax it? What are the arguments for and against decriminalization of other drugs? After all, we don't want to give our stamp of approval, but if we cannot eliminate demand then are we just funneling money into a black market our laws help create? A market that flows into many other areas like gun violence and gangs? Would decriminalization of certain drugs help free up the workload on our court system, prison system, and law enforcement? Could it save a lot of taxpayer dollars in those areas? Or would all this just open the gates to a decline in American productivity and prosperity as we slowly fall into a collective drug saturated morass?