Last Monday my Crime Policy professor asked everyone in class to list all the benefits to decriminalizing cocaine, and all the costs. The former list was much, much longer.
Here's my take: it's hard to come up with a national policy that's failed as miserably as drug prohibition, and I can't figure out who benefits besides organized crime.
So for anyone who's interested in posting, what's a good argument against decriminalization? (I'm open to the idea that different drugs have different physiological effects, but I tend to be skeptical of "reefer madness" claims.)