“Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself.” --Jimmy Carter
In the 1980s Ronald Reagan and Congress began to shift toward futile efforts to control drug imports from foreign countries. This approach entailed an enormous expenditure of resources and the dependence on police and military forces to reduce the foreign cultivation of marijuana, coca and opium poppy and the production of cocaine and heroin. One result has been a terrible escalation in drug-related violence, corruption and gross violations of human rights in a growing number of Latin American countries.
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