STOPPING SUPPLY IS IMPOSSIBLE
"The real problem is that no affordable sum spent trying to stop smuggling has any effect on supply."
"Since the early 1980s when Ronald Reagan launched his much-trumpeted war on drugs, their country has spent nearly $300 billion to stem the flow - with 'no discernible impact on either price or availability', as even the State Department admits."
-- The Economist, 1997
The Drug Enforcement Administration [DEA] is charged with stopping supply.
Jack Lawn headed the DEA for five years under President Reagan. He has recently appeared on TV [Charlie Rose Show and the PBS show, FRONTLINE] to say the budget for drug law enforcement should be cut by 90 % because it's a waste of talented personnel and money.
"My job is to chase flies through the dark all over South America."
- DEA agent to former prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi
Robert Stutman, a former high official with the (DEA) under Lawn and others, in The Christian Science Monitor, 10-6-00:
"I think going after product is basically a foolish objective ... [the cartels] can afford to lose 90 percent of their product, probably 95 percent of their product, and still turn a profit. Yet, the basic concept of US government and most state drug wars is to go after product. Well, my three-year-old grandson knows that doesn't work."
Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman and a host of other economic gurus have been trying for 30 years to explain that it's as simple as understanding that you can't pass laws that overturn the law of supply and demand.
To paraphrase one of the opponents of alcohol Prohibition, "Well, you can pass a law against gravity, but if you jump off the capitol to celebrate, we're still going to scrape you up with a shovel."