Each year, the Super Bowl features some of the most interesting (and expensive) advertising on television. This year, however, viewers were subjected to numerous annoying anti-drug ads. Every time you use drugs, say the ads, you contribute to terrorism, destabilization of Third World governments, and poverty.
Let’s put the blame where it belongs. Drug users are no more responsible for terrorism than sugar users are responsible for the destruction of the Everglades. Just as a government-imposed tariff that denies Americans access to low-cost foreign sugar promotes high-cost sugar farming in Florida, the government’s War on Drugs is what is supporting the terrorists and other evils caused by high-cost cocaine and other drugs.