War on Drugs

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Afghan farmers harvest opium sap in Helmand province. The UN estimates that up to 85 per cent of Afghanistan’s poppy cultivation is under Taliban control. Photograph: Noor Mohammad/AFP/Getty Images

It was in this month nearly 50 years ago that US president Richard Nixon launched the “war on drugs”. Some wars have lasted longer but not many have c(...)

Tyler Williams selects marijuana strains to purchase at the 3-D Denver Discrete Dispensary in Denver, Colorado, in January. A US-wide, Denver-style tax on the drug could yield about $40 billion a year. Photograph: Theo Stroomer/Getty Images

The war on drugs, commonly said to have been declared by US president Richard Nixon in 1971, has, by popular acclaim, been lost. There are diss(...)