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3/1/12 Drug Policy 1/2 www2.fiu.edu/agirardc/2010drug_policy.14.htm Drug Policy of the United States (source: Benjamin and Miller (1991) Undoing DrXgs ) I. U.S. interdiction policy regarding drugs: 1. most popular exceptions (psychoactives): alc, nicotine, caffeine 2. otherwise sweeping national prohibition to limit further use 3. U.S: outright elimination rather than control 4. creates “war on drugs” II. 4 Reasons futile 1. cocoa bush can be grown 2500 mi band – between tropics; in L.A alone 2 ò million sq. miles – only .04% being cultivated. 2. crushing poverty encourage a. Columbia, Peru, Bolivia – 2 ò acres aver maize $400/yr; cocoa: 3 to 4 times that ($1200-1500/yr). b. bribes – Columbia– mid-level law-enforcement official $200/mo. “trabajito” $100: murder rate 5 × NY in Medallin 3. easy to conceal a. steel cargo containers b. AWACS $3000/hr F–16 $2300/hr. 1987–$26million for 10 arrests 4. substitutes – methamphetamine hydrochloride (dev. in Japan) crystal meth “ice” substitute cocaine; III methylfentanyl substitute for heroine.
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