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 Hypocrisy Label

By Michael D. Tanner. National Review (Online). December 10, 2014.

Why Congress Should Legalize Pot

By Jeffrey Miron. CNN.com. November 19, 2014.

Will Federalism Trump the Drug War?

By Doug Bandow. American Spectator (Online). November 14, 2014.

Cato Studies

Marijuana Policy in Colorado

By Jeffrey Miron. Working Paper No. 24. October 23, 2014.

Medical Marijuana Laws and Teen Marijuana Use

By D. Mark Anderson, Benjamin Hansen and Daniel I. Rees. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 11. October 1, 2014.

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

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

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

Why Congress Should Legalize Marijuana

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

Do American Police Departments Need Military Weapons from the Pentagon?

Featuring David B. Kopel, Mark Lomax, Cheye Calvo & Tim Lynch. September 12, 2014. Policy Forum.

America’s Longest War

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