The next time someone tells you that we need to fight the drug war to stopviolent crime, tell them to read a little book called “Illicit Drugs andCrime” by Bruce Benson and David Rasmusssen, Professors of Economics atFlorida State University.

The duo compared Florida, which spent big bucks on beefing up its drug warbetween ’84 and ’89, with Kansas, which did not. Their 60 page reportconcludes that “Kansas’ relatively modest involvement in the nationwidedrug war has resulted in its citizens being relatively safe from crime.”

They explain that “reality mandates that when scarce resources are used todo one thing, they cannot be used to do something else…” Because thediversion of resources into drug crimes led to a “reduced probability ofarrest” for robbery or burglary, “the property crime rate in Florida rose16.3 percent from 1983 to 1989. Since 1989, Florida has reduced its drugenforcement efforts, and its property crime rate has fallen.”

Although the report does mention the fact that jailing huge numbers ofpeople for drug offences only leads to violent criminals being released tomake room for them, it doesn’t cover the many acts of police fraud, theftand violence that are also an inevitable part of any war on drugs.Nevertheless it is a comprehensive report, and hey, maybe they’ll do asequel.

For more information, or to get your own copy of the report, call theIndependent Institute in California at (510) 632-1366, fax (510) 568-6040,or email [email protected].


As an addendum to the post about urine testing by Toronto Dominion Bank, Inow provide you with their web page and email address (their ‘green infoline’ – what delicious irony!)

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