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Ken Burns
Reefer madness: Reform our crazy marijuana laws
Reefer madness: Reform our crazy marijuana laws

The militarization of the Mexican border is a new phenomenon for two nations whose militaries have traditionally been made to stay out of politics. There are constant expansions of our prisons, and further explosions of the drug-related caseloads of our state and federal courts. No one can think that our illicit drug industry survives without complicity in the Border Patrol, Drug Enforcement Agency, Coast Guard and local sheriffs' offices. It is not for nothing that J. Edgar Hoover demanded that a separate agency be set up for drug enforcement because of its potentially corrupting effects. Drug prisoners in federal custody increased to 97,239 in 2009. The number of state drug prisoners...