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TorgoX (1933)

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Journal of TorgoX (1933)

Monday November 04, 2002
10:37 PM

Big money

[ #8764 ]
Dear Log,

An interesting fact as part of this one opinion piece:

«It is hard to assess the size of the international drugs trade, but in 1999 the UN Human Development report estimated it to be around $400bn a year, equivalent to the GDP of a country the size of Spain and representing, at that time, about 8% of world trade. This makes it second only as an industry to the arms trade at $800bn a year, and ahead of oil and gas, and chemicals and pharmaceuticals.»

--"Fight terror: legalise the drugs trade: Prohibition only fuels criminality, corruption and violence"

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  • I've always thought the term "war" is such a rotten way to describe this mess because all too often it's a war on our own people. Perhaps "Drug Civil War" would be a more appropriate description. And while we're on one of my personal pet issues, I have my own opinions about the stupity of the drug war [easystreet.com]. What's curious about that article is that many people who have read it assume that I am pro-drug or am in favor of legalizing them, which is simply not the case. I'm more interested in finding solutions t