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The War on Drugs with John Stossel 4of6 War on Drugs in Colombia





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Uploaded on Jul 26, 2009

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The War on Drugs, A War on Ourselves? a 2002 ABC 20/20 special with John Stossel examines the effect of the War on Drugs on American society.

Stossel interviews Detroit's police chief Jerry Oliver who points out that since the dealing of drugs is between willing buyers and sellers, the War on Drugs forces cops to use deceit to catch those dealing drugs. Despite all the law enforcement resources put into fighting the drug war, availably of drugs is just as high as before the drug war began.

Three unintended consequences of the war on drugs are explored including that it sucks children into the underworld, corrupts cops, and creates crime.

Stossel travels to Colombia and examines the effect of the War on Drugs on Colombians.

The futile effect of incarcerating of drug dealers to stop the flow of drugs is noted and many people who choose to use drugs ask why they shouldn't have the freedom to choose what substances to put in their bodies.

Finally Stossel travels to Europe to see how drug legalization has affected European society.


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