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"Eleven Ways the War on Drugs is Hurting Your Business"
By Eric E. Sterling, J.D.
This concise piece summarizes the impact of the War on Drugs on business development and economic opportunity. View the pamphlet here, and the citations here. Updated July 2012.

"A Businessperson's Guide to the Drug Problem"
By Eric E. Sterling, J.D., Published in The New Prohibition.
This chapter discusses in greater depth how drug prohibition hurts businesses and the economy.

"Economic Issues in the War on Drugs"
View Eric E. Sterling's presentation for Rotary Clubs and other business organizations. Download the PowerPoint presentation or watch it with Macromedia Flash.

"Drug Policy: A Smorgasbord of Conundrums Spiced by Emotions Around Children and Violence"
By Eric E. Sterling, J.D., Published in the Valparaiso Law Review.
The following section of this 49-page law review comment in a 500-page symposium volume, "Juvenile Crime: Policy Proposals on Guns, Violence, Drugs and Gangs," addresses the economic affects of of drug prohibition.

"Improving America's Competitiveness in the Global Market"
By Eric E. Sterling, J.D.
This piece discusses how the the War on Drugs limits educational opportunities for college students which, in turn, decreases the intellectual capital generated by our educational system.

Academic Research

"The Budgetary Impact of Ending Drug Prohibition"                                                                                      Published by the CATO Institute. By Jeffrey A. Miron, Harvard Economist, and Katherine Waldock, Doctoral Candidate at New York University. Looks at the economic potential for legalizing all drugs. Discusses savings on the federal, state, and local level. 

"Collateral Costs: Incarceration’s Effect on Economic Mobility"
Research conducted by sociology professors Dr. Bruce Western and Dr. Becky Pettit. Authored by the Economic Mobility Project and the Public Safety Performance Project and published by Pew Charitable Trusts. This report is a comprehensive analysis of the economic consequences of mass incarceration. Among its numerous findings are statistics that illuminate the impact on future earnings of formerly incarcerated Americans and their families.

"Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibition"
By Ryan S. King, Policy Analyst for The Sentencing Project 
Analyzes the economic potential of ending marijuana prohibition. His report has been endorsed by over 530 economists, including Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman.

"Disparity by Geography: The War on Drugs in America's Cities"
By Harvard Economist Jeffrey Miron
Finds that discrimination against African Americans dramatically varies according to geography and law enforcement decisions made at the local level.

"The Prison Industry: Carceral Expansion and Employment in U.S. Counties, 1969–1994"
By Hooks, Mosher, et al
A study finding no evidence that prison expansion stimulates economic growht; on the contrary, prison construction has impeded economic growth in rural counties.

News & Media


"To Win the Drug War: Follow the States"
By Sir Richard Branson, The Huff Post, September 4, 2012

"Police Close Streets In Trinidad to Steer Drivers to Checkpoint"
By Allison, Klein, The Washington Post, June 10, 2008

"The Day the Traffic Did Not Stop in Hartford"
By Peter Applebome, The New York Times, June 8, 2008

"Where the Other Half Lives: An Insider Works to Bolster the Projects"
By Manny Fernandez The New York Times, April 13, 2008

" A Precinct’s Hard Road Back"
By Christine Hauser, The New York Times, February 24, 2008

"A Neighborhood Worth the Big-Ticket Investment"
By C.J. Hughes, The New York Times, August 5, 2007

"America's 'Near Poor' Are Increasingly at Economic Risk, Experts Say"
By Erik Eckholm, The New York Times, May 8, 2006

"Our Dead-End Approach to Homicide"
By Eric E. Sterling, The Washington Post, January 15, 2006.

"The case for legal pot use"
By David Lazarus, San Francisco Chronicle, November 20, 2005.

"Lighting a Fire Under D.C. Is No Piece of Cake"
By Marc Fisher, The Washington Post, October 18, 2005.

"Corner Carryout In a Crossfire on An Urban Frontier"
By Marc Fisher, The Washington Post, October 11, 2005.

"Retail Alone Won't Help Prince George's"
By Eric E. Sterling, The Washington Post, June 7, 2005.