I sent this letter to the LATimes Sept. 2007 (not published):
The only reason the Taliban are able to make so much money from poppies is that heroin is illegal.
Why not treat all illegal drugs as we do alcohol: legalize, regulate and tax them.
What a change that will make to Al Queda, Mexican drug lords, drug-related gang violence in our own streets, prison over-crowding, and so much else. Not to mention the money we'll save by giving up the pointless Drug War.