How should we respond to stalled efforts to stem global drug trafficking?
Prisons in the U.S. are filling with non-violent drug offenders, costing tax payers extraordinary amounts of money, and pressing concerns of racial inequality to the forefront (CBS News: 22 Apr 2012); the global availability and consumption of narcotics have not substantively diminished; drug-related violence remains rampant in some parts of the world; and in calling the international “war” on drugs a failure, the Global Commission on Drug Policy has recently declared that governments should explore alternative policy approaches—including legalizing certain controlled substances and reducing or eliminating punitive legal actions against non-violent drug offenses (MSNBC: 2 Jun 2011).
Do you agree with this recommendation? Why or why not? In your answer, you must thoroughly explain at least one potential drawback to this policy alternative.