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Decriminalization, the Drug Economy, and the Future of American Cities

BySam Staley, Kurt L. Schmoke

The War on Drugs has taken center stage in most major American cities during the 1980s and promises to continue well into the 1990s. Television crews routinely enter into the bowels of our inner cities, tracking down the “drug problem” for mass media consumption. Despite billions of dollars poured into this war, little progress is evident: drug-related crime is increasing, the number of users has not decline significantly, new innovations (e.g., crack and ecstasy) are introduced, and more crack babies appear on the nation’s television sets.