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

An Economic and Moral Case for Legalizing Cocaine and Heroin

By Jeffrey Miron. TIME. July 28, 2014.

The Child Migrant Crisis Is Just the Latest Disastrous Consequence of America’s Drug War

By Ted Galen Carpenter. Washington Post (Online). July 21, 2014.

Obama Says He Ended the “War on Drugs.” Don’t Believe Him

By Jonathan Blanks. Washington Post (Online). July 18, 2014.

Cato Studies

On the Limits of Federal Supremacy: When States Relax (or Abandon) Marijuana Bans

By Robert A. Mikos. Policy Analysis No. 714. December 12, 2012.

Time for an Alternative to Mexico’s Drug War

By Jorge Castañeda. Economic Development Bulletin No. 16. September 24, 2012.

Undermining Mexico’s Dangerous Drug Cartels

By Ted Galen Carpenter. Policy Analysis No. 688. November 15, 2011.

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

America’s Longest War

Featuring Tim Lynch. September 19, 2013. Film Screening.

Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces

Featuring Radley Balko and Laura Odato. July 24, 2013. Capitol Hill Briefing.

Code of the West

Featuring Tim Lynch. March 12, 2013. Film Premiere.