The “war on drugs” has been waged for some decades now, but we appear no closer to winning this war today than we have ever been. Indeed, to some we seem to be continually losing ground in the battle. Frustration with present efforts has led to some radical proposals. Recently the Mayors of Baltimore, Maryland, and Charles Town, West Virginia, have led a call for a national debate on decriminalizing illegal narcotics (Saundra, 1988).