FOXHOLE CONVERSION IN THE DRUG WAR: Reason interviews three drug warriors who now think the war on drugs is a mistake. Vietnam comparisons are made — and rightly so. Excerpt:
Reason: From the perspective of the working police officer, how has the War on Drugs changed over the years?
McNamara: It has become the priority of police agencies. It’s bizarre. We make 700,000 arrests for marijuana a year. The public is not terrified of marijuana. People are terrified of molesters, school shootings, and people stalking women and children. The police are not putting the resources into those crimes where they could be effective if they gave them top priority.
You don’t get to seize and forfeit a Ferrari when you bust someone who rapes little old ladies. Read the whole thing.