Cheerleading for the status quo in the drug war

October 10, 2011

The legacy of Prohibition, if Ken Burns is to be believed, is a system of organized crime not only empowered by that ill-fated law but so greatly enriched as to have become "too big to fail." Kevin Sabet rightly, though grudgingly, concludes that America's current effort to incarcerate our way out of an intractable drug problem may be ever-so-slightly misguided ("Drug legalization: Wrong lesson of Prohibition," Oct. 9), but he has little to say about alternatives.

He says nothing about the money trail, either in the liquor trade or in the drug trade. Some of us suspect that too much drug money is landing on both Wall Street and Pennsylvania Avenue to allow any serious discussion of altering the status quo, for which Mr. Sabet's Sunday piece clearly cheerleads.

Thad Paulhamus, Baltimore

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