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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Sunday, November 10, 2013

"Drug policy: Moral crusade or business problem?"

Doug Berman at Sentencing Law & Policy excerpts this op-ed by Marc Osler (St. Thomas Law). In part:

At the root of this failure is a simple error: We have treated narcotics as an issue of morality rather than business.  Our efforts have been focused on punishing relatively minor actors through mass incarceration rather than on the very different goal of shutting down drug businesses.  A starting point as we reconsider our efforts should be the simple recognition that narcotics trafficking is first and foremost a business.

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