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May 12, 2018

"Predatory Public Finance and the Evolution of the War on Drugs"

The title of this post is the title of this new paper authored by Bruce Benson and Brian Meehan now available via SSRN. Here is the abstract:

US drug policy has a long history of providing revenue for federal, state, and local governments.  Before the War on Drugs, opium and cocaine were legal and medical professionals who prescribed these substances had to pay extra taxes to do so.  This chapter explains how, as the federal government began enforcing outright bans on drugs, law enforcement agencies took advantage of their newly acquired authority to profit.

Today, civil asset forfeiture related to drug crimes provides officers with incentives to use and abuse their authority and increase their revenue by making more drug arrests.  Key takeaways: (1) Drug policy has a long history of providing law enforcement with increased revenues and authority over time. (2) Law enforcement agencies may be targeting the crimes that present the opportunity to raise revenue for their departments rather than the most serious public safety threats.

May 12, 2018 at 09:52 PM | Permalink


Millions of crimes have been committed on social media. The lawyer moron should stop seizing the row homes of grandmothers with delinquent grandsons.

The frickin' lawyer government moron should seize Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft. Then auction these media as they would the Ferrari of a drug dealer. I just cannot stand the utter stupidity of this profession.

Posted by: David Behar | May 12, 2018 10:42:18 PM

This is really shocking! US drug policy must be modified so that there is no abuse of power by the authorities and lessons must be learned from the experience of some European countries, who have got a liberal attitude towards with such drugs with ofcourse desirable controls.

Posted by: Paul Carrillo | May 13, 2018 5:26:32 AM

Paul. The person who said, "As easy as taking candy from a baby," obviously never tried to take candy from a baby. It is not easy at all.

Now, try taking $billions from government rent seekers. Try to overturn a Supreme Court decision from 1827, another gem brought to you by the criminal and filthy traitor to our country, Chief Justice John Marshall.

So, put this scheme to good use. Take down our left wing, Ivy radicalized, internal enemies, by seizing their ill gotten assets. Forfeiture is immediate, in contrast to stupid and prolonged anti-trust prosecutions. These platforms were all stolen from others anyway. It puts the burden on the traitors.

Posted by: David Behar | May 13, 2018 10:03:59 AM

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