Tag: Addiction

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

The price of New York’s marihuana arrests

$75 million in 2010. From 1997 through 2010 the New York Police Department made 536,000 arrests for marijuana possession. This has cost taxpayers $500 million to over $1 billion. What are we getting for this money? Not very much!

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Thursday, March 10th, 2011

The price of the War on Drugs

Americans pay a lot to keep illegal drugs off the streets. A recent review of the evidence suggests much of our investment in the Drug Wars is wasted, if not outright counterproductive. We have only 5 percent of the world’s population … Continue reading

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Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

The power of cigarette prices

Americans are familiar with the deployment of tobacco taxes to curb smoking. Smoking among teens has declined consistently over the last 20 years, in part thanks to hefty taxes on cigarettes. When I was a smoker back in the 1990s … Continue reading

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