Today is the 75th Anniversary of Repeal Day. You can guess how I'll be celebrating.
Radley Balko marks the occasion (and also generates some good hate mail). I've written about this once or twice myself.
Elsewhere in prohibition news, we have Jacob Sullum, who notes:
"The good news in drug policy," [Drug Czar John] Walters writes, "is that we know what works, and that is moral seriousness." Moral seriousness on this subject would require taking into account half a million nonviolent drug offenders behind bars, the victims of black market violence, avoidable deaths caused by the unreliable quality and unsanitary practices that prohibition fosters, the risk-premium subsidy to thugs and terrorists, the corruption of law enforcement officials, and the loss of civil liberties resulting from the drug war's perversion of the Constitution. Walters' claim to moral seriousness is therefore hard to take seriously. I'd settle for a little bit of intellectual seriousness from whomever Barack Obama chooses to succeed Walters, but it seems to be incompatible with the job.
In a perfect world, Mr. Obama would replace Mr. Walters with...no one.
(I'm not holding my breath.)