Is It Time to Cease Fire in the War on Drugs?

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Three former South American presidents are among those who’ve asked the United States for a "paradigm shift" in the so-called "War on Drugs." New York and California are already moving in that direction. Is it wasting billions of dollars while addiction and violence increase? Would legalization perpetuate a dangerous cycle and make matters worse? Also, the government tries to keep AIG afloat, and the bidder who promised $40 million for two historic Chinese relics says it's his patriotic duty not to pay.

Banner image: US Border Patrol agents load more than 400 pounds of marijuana seized from drug smugglers after it was brought across the Rio Grande River from Mexico into the United States August 7, 2008 near Laredo, Texas. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images