A previous blog discussed the more enlightened drug policy advocated by the late conservative commentator William F. Buckley Jr. which recognizes the inevitability of recreational drug use and the social fallout of trying to outlaw it.

After seeing the drug lords of the Columbian cartel led by Pablo Escobar threaten the authority of the central government during the 1980’s we now have near civil war in Jamaica as drug dealing criminals feel cocky enough to defy their government’s police. Once again we see the growth and entrenchment of organized crime resulting from efforts to control drug use by attempting the impossible task of eliminating supply rather than devoting resources to education and rehabilitation.