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Milton Friedman on Drugs

Libertarian Economist


Legalization resolves drug-related crimes

Q: Americans are increasingly alarmed about drug-related crimes in cities and suburbs, and your administration is not the first to have grappled with this. Are you at all of a mind that maybe it ought to go to another level, if not to what's advocated by William F. Buckley, Jr., and Milton Friedman, legalization, or somewhere between there and where we are now?

BUSH: No. I don't think that's the right answer. I don't believe legalizing narcotics is the answer. I just don't believe that's the answer.

Source: The First Clinton-Bush-Perot Presidential Debate , Oct 11, 1992

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