It is my strong belief (as a pharmacist of almost 50 years) that there can be an end to the drug problems in the United States... and that would be by making them legal.
Can we imagine how much crime is related to the need for money to buy illegal drugs? I would be thrilled to become a dispensary (similar to the ones dispensing methadone throughout the country) where those with addictions could come and satisfy their need - while identifying methods of changing their life.
Prisons could empty, and the amount of money for that care could be focused on revitalization of those in need, the poor in our country and throughout the world.
So it didn't or isn't working in Europe. This is not Europe and we can devise better ways. Let's take the money out of drug trafficking and see what happens.