Wait, I thought the war on drugs was supposed to make heroin more expensive:
Grams of highly pure Afghan heroin are now trading at $90 in LA. That’s about a dime per pure milligram, compared with $2.50 a pure milligram in New York during the “French Connection” days. For a naive user, 5mg of heroin is a hefty dose, so your first heroin experience is now available for less than the price of a candy bar.
That’s from Mark Kleiman. As far as I can tell, the only good reason for continuing our futile drug policy, and locking up millions of addicts and dealers (not to mention our military aid to Colombia), is that it was supposed to make the drugs more expensive on the street. But since that’s clearly not the case – cocaine is now 80 percent cheaper in inflation adjusted terms than it used to be – isn’t it time we give up this godforsaken approach? A few more years of the war on drugs, and we might just succeed in making heroin free. (Especially if we can’t contain the opium harvest in Afghanistan.)