By Johann Hari for VICE. The arguments for the war on drugs are collapsing all around us. Today, some 53 percent of US citizens think this war has not been worth the cost—while only 19 percent think it has. As I saw when I traveled to a dozen countries for my bookChasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, whenever a state or nation decides to move beyond the drug war, there’s a three-step dance. It is massively controversial, and there’s a lot of anxiety; then people see in practice what it means; and then support goes up, and stays up.
After Colorado legalized marijuana, and people saw the legal, tax-paying, kid-proof stores in practice, support went up—and now 58 percent support it, and only 38 percent want to go back to prohibition.