International examples of Wars on Drugs?
As a resident of the Bay Area in California, I am interested in the effects of marijuana legalization, as is on the Nov. 19 ballot as Proposition 19. How much do city/state/federal governments spend on drug prohibition? Is most violent drug-related crime due to marijuana or harder drugs such as cocaine? What’s the estimated economic effect of drug legalization? Will drug legalization lead to increased or decreased crime and accident rates? I’m also interested in historical and international examples of wars on drugs, and reading materials (preferably websites) about them. The one that comes to my mind is the Opium Wars in China, but I haven’t read anything about how the government dealt with opium before and after the wars, and how opium use changed after the war. Examples of both successful and unsuccessful government interventions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!