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Conservatives used to argue that the federal government cannot fix cultural problems through social-engineering legislation. That argument was right, and the results of the drug war are living proof of it. It is time for the Republican Party to take the lead in ending this failed policy.
Kavon W. Nikrad is an opinion columnist and conservative blogger, and was a 2011-12 Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
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