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A study published by +The Cato Institute "found that in the five years after personal possession was decriminalized, illegal drug use among teens in Portugal declined and rates of new HIV infections caused by sharing of dirty needles dropped, while the number of people seeking treatment for drug addiction more than doubled."
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This would not work in the US. WE can't give them therapy, that is socialistic and adding another entitlement program. WE would rather spend more money putting people in jail. I know its crazy but I don't make the rules. I am just trying to understand them.
In Switzerland, insurance companies started paying for drug treatment under the realization that they could prevent a lot of expensive drug-related crime, thus saving money.
Since it's from Cato, you can assume it was funded by someone that will make money off the results. This means the right may get behind it and it might actually happen. Interesting since there will be a battle royal between them and the prison outsourcing business that is right wing too.
+Bob Calder Cato is Libertarian and thus only has a slight overlap with "The Right." In fact, if you equate "The Right" with the modern GOP, those people generally hate The Cato Institute.
+Daniel Stoddart By "slight" overlap with the right, I assume you haven't loked at the board membership. Cato at one time was a reasonable libertarian voice, but not the last 4 or 5 years, and the Kochs are determined to eliminate any non-hackery left in the organization.
+Robert Cooper Yes, it's true things have changed lately with the Koch majority. I've known some people who once worked for Cato, and I have to wonder if they would be able to work for them these days.
In fairness to this story, though, the fact that someone like Glenn Greenwald published anything from Cato is why the Kochs are angry. :P
+Bob Calder Yes, I read some time back about how the Koch family now has majority share. That's been a fairly recent event, though. They've been shareholders for a long time, but they didn't have controlling interest till recently. That's why there's so much Sturm und Drang about the direction of Cato right now.
If we discount what Cato reports because of Koch money, then surely we can discount what NPR says because of Soros money, right?

Meanwhile, doors get kicked in, people get shot, people get sent to prison, families get destroyed. All because of something that even the President of the US admits he's done in the past.
Oh yeah Jim. NPR is a think tank and George Soros owns it.
But he hasn't given it a significant amount of money for several years.
Hedge fund managers are evil - unless they're George Soros.
Koch donations to Cato amounts to 4% of Cato revenue over the past 30 years. Ironically, my source for that information is... an interview with a Cato board member given this morning on the WNYC, an NPR affiliate station.

There are now (including this one) 13 comments in this thread. Two of them address the substance of the article that +Daniel Stoddart originally posted. The rest refer to an unrelated lawsuit between Cato and one of its funders. Both the left and the right will do anything it can at this point to distract attention from the plain fact that regardless of who is in the White House or whatever rhetoric they offer during campaigns, the government continues to escalate the enforcement of drug policies that primarily hurt the country in myriad ways.
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