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i got this info in an email from a friend, but I don't know how much of it is true. I think you'll find this interesting!
The Government Reform Committee of the US House of Representatives held a full hearing on 12 December 2002. Called "America's Heroin Crisis, Colombian Heroin and How We Can Improve Plan Colombia," it was, for the most part, the normal funding-boosting blather about increasing death and destruction being caused by more drugs, purer drugs, etc., etc.
Then something amazing happened. After an anonymous narcotics detective finished giving his prepared statement, Republican Representative Dan Burton--the head of the Committee--bemoaned the fact that the War on Drugs isn't working, hasn't worked, and apparently never will work. He then puts forth the idea that perhaps the situation can best be dealt with by taking profits out of illicit drugs. He won't say "legalization," but it's obvious that the only way to get the criminal element out of the drug trade is to make the drug trade legal.