...by Oliver Hockenhull.
This is just one of a series of articles I've seen over the last year or so directly or indirectly discussing the benefits of illegal drugs. Perhaps not surprisingly, interest in drugs increases during recessions and depressions, and drug laws are often liberalized during these times (for instance, prohibition was repealed in 1933 during the middle of the Great Depression).
I'm not really sure how to explain this phenomenon. Perhaps politicians perceive legalizing drugs as a way of temporary relieving some of the misery of the masses? Or more likely, they perceive legalizing drugs as a way to increase tax revenues during times when governments couldn't otherwise pay their bills.