Intelligence Squared US "Should Drugs Be Legalized"

Sun, 11/25/2012 - 9:00pm

It was 1971 when President Richard Nixon declared a "war on drugs." $2.5 trillion dollars later, drug use is half of what it was 30 years ago, and thousands of offenders are successfully diverted to treatment instead of jail. And yet, 22 million Americans-9% of the population-still uses illegal drugs, and with the highest incarceration rate in the world, we continue to fill our prisons with drug offenders. Decimated families and communities are left in the wake. Intelligence Squared US asks "is it time to legalize drugs or is this a war that we're winning?" in Should Drugs Be Legalized, airing Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370/FM-HD 91.5-2.

Speaking for the motion: Paul Butler, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center and Nick Gillespie, Editor in Chief of and Speaking against the motion: Asa Hutchinson Former Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration and Theodore Dalrymple, Dietrich Weismann Fellow, Manhattan Institute. John Donovan, author and ABC News Correspondent, moderates.