Identification of a problem does not mean that the government should undertake to solve it, and the fact that a problem occurs in more than one state does not mean that it is a proper subject for federal policy.

Perhaps no area more clearly demonstrates the bad consequences of not following such rules than does drug prohibition. The long federal experiment in prohibition of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and other drugs has given us crime and corruption combined with a manifest failure to stop the use of drugs or reduce their availability to children.

More on Drug War

Commentary

The Federal Reserve: Keeping America Drug-Free

By George Selgin. The Hill. August 6, 2015.

The New Front in the Global War on Drugs

By Ted Galen Carpenter. National Interest (Online). June 29, 2015.

Synthetic Drugs Are Very Dangerous. Let’s Legalize Them.

By Ted Galen Carpenter. Washington Post. June 18, 2015.

Cato Studies

Kingpin Approaches to Fighting Crime and Community Violence: Evidence from Mexico’s Drug War

By Jason M. Lindo and María Padilla-Romo. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 31. July 29, 2015.

Designer Drugs: A New, Futile Front in the War on Illegal Drugs

By Ted Galen Carpenter. Policy Analysis No. 774. May 27, 2015.

High on Life? Medical Marijuana Laws and Suicide

By D. Mark Anderson, Daniel I. Rees, and Joseph J. Sabia. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 17. January 7, 2015.

Articles

From Fighting the Drug War to Protecting the Right to Use Drugs: Recognizing a Forgotten Liberty

Doug Bandow. Towards a Worldwide Index of Human Freedom. 2013.

The Illegitimate War on Drugs

Roger Pilon. After Prohibition: An Adult Approach to Drug Polices in the 21st Century. 2000.

Public Filings

Ter Beek v. City of Wyoming

By Robert Mikos. Legal Briefs. August 20, 2013.

Florida v. Adkins

By Tim Lynch and Ilya Shapiro. Legal Briefs. November 28, 2011.

Florida Dept. of Corrections v. Shelton

By Tim Lynch and Ilya Shapiro. Legal Briefs. November 2, 2011.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Legalizing Marijuana: Money Over Minds

Ike Brannon. Regulation. Fall 2013.

How the War on Drugs Is Destroying Black America

John McWhorter. Cato's Letter. Winter 2011.

Events

Designer Drugs: A New Futile Front in the War on Illegal Drugs?

Featuring Ted Galen Carpenter and Christopher A. Preble. July 20, 2015. Policy Forum.

High Tech: How the Burgeoning Legal Cannabis Industry Is Harnessing Technology

Featuring Kat Murti. April 27, 2015. Cato Digital.

Why Congress Should Legalize Marijuana

Featuring Jeffrey Miron and Caleb O. Brown. December 18, 2014. Sponsor E-Briefing.