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From the Ted Talk by Ethan Nadelmann: Why we need to end the War on Drugs

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So the challenges we face today are _______. The first is the policy _________ of designing and implementing alternatives to ineffective prohibitionist policies, even as we need to get better at regulating and living with the _____ that are now legal. But the second challenge is tougher, because it's about us. The _________ to reform lie not just out there in the power of the prison industrial _______ or other ______ interests that want to keep things the way they are, but within each and every one of us. It's our fears and our lack of knowledge and imagination that stands in the way of real reform. And ultimately, I think that boils down to the kids, and to every parent's desire to put our baby in a ______, and the fear that somehow drugs will pierce that bubble and put our young ones at risk. In fact, sometimes it seems like the entire War on Drugs gets justified as one _____ big child protection act, which any young ______ can tell you it's not.

Solution

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  7. vested
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Original Text

So the challenges we face today are twofold. The first is the policy challenge of designing and implementing alternatives to ineffective prohibitionist policies, even as we need to get better at regulating and living with the drugs that are now legal. But the second challenge is tougher, because it's about us. The obstacles to reform lie not just out there in the power of the prison industrial complex or other vested interests that want to keep things the way they are, but within each and every one of us. It's our fears and our lack of knowledge and imagination that stands in the way of real reform. And ultimately, I think that boils down to the kids, and to every parent's desire to put our baby in a bubble, and the fear that somehow drugs will pierce that bubble and put our young ones at risk. In fact, sometimes it seems like the entire War on Drugs gets justified as one great big child protection act, which any young person can tell you it's not.

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