The idea might sound reminiscent of the “Hamsterdam” episode of HBO’s The Wire, in which a police major, tired of fighting a losing battle, designates certain areas of Baltimore as zones where drugs can be openly sold.
But Portland isn’t Baltimore, and Novick’s idea wouldn’t go that far. He says he’d like to see funding for the unit cut by half, and precinct officers would still enforce drug laws. Portland just wouldn’t be spending nearly as much money on enforcing drug laws.What If U.S. Cities Just Stopped Participating in the War on Drugs? (via thisiscitylab)