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I'm not claiming any sort of "conspiracy". The US has over a million people in prison, something like 80% on drug-related offenses. If you think the people minding all these offenders are going to see their livelihoods slip away without a fight you are being naive.

There are fierce battles over where to site new prisons as the employment provided gives a boost to many dying small towns. Those who will fight efforts to change may even sincerely believe their reasons for keeping the drug status unchanged. It would be unlikely that someone would have a career in enforcing drug laws if they really believed they were wrong. Everyone wants to feel that they are making a difference.

You haven't addressed my issues. How are you going to get change to happen? This is the key issue whenever a new policy is advocated, from trade to taxation. Some group likes the status quo and you need to get past them for things to happen. How?  

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by rdf (robert.feinman@gmail.com) on Sun Jan 6th, 2008 at 06:57:57 PM EST
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