Submitted by Daddy-YO on Wed, 2013/11/20 - 17:59.
Trade predates Capitalism; people across the world traded stuff, including drugs, before money was invented.
In a letter to the editor (today's NYT) about the hopelessness of controlling Afghan opium production, despite having spent $6 billion there to do so these last 12 years, the author quotes Donald Rumsfeld telling a Senate committee in 2001, illegal drug use is “overwhelmingly a demand problem. . . If demand persists, it’s going to find ways to get what it wants.”