A new drug law has been signed by President Obama.
The Ultralight Aircraft Smuggling Prevention Act of 2012 closes a loophole that treated the use of ultralight aircraft to help with drug smuggling different from the use of other aircraft. Now, their use can bring a long jail sentence and stiff fines.
Tonight I am joined by Leonard Frieling of Law Enforcement Against Prohibtion. Mr. Frieling says "If the government stopped creating and supporting the artificially high street price of illegal drugs, the drug-associated crime would disappear."
In the course of his practice as a judge and a criminal defense attorney, he has witnessed that the prohibition of drugs is the main cause of the violence associated with the use and distribution of drugs. Addicts are driven to desperate measures including robbery by the artificially inflated prices of drugs, while criminal elements are enriched and empowered through their dominance of this lucrative market. Leonard notes, "In 32 years of criminal defense practice, I have never encountered a turf-war involving coffee."