Robert Sharpe: Pot prohibition fails

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In response to Rob Douglas’ Feb. 15 column “Reefer madness”:

The people of Colorado and Washington state are way ahead of the politicians in Washington, D.C. If the goal of marijuana prohibition is to subsidize violent drug cartels, prohibition is a grand success. The drug war distorts supply-and-demand dynamics so that big money grows on little trees. If the goal of marijuana prohibition is to deter use, prohibition is a catastrophic failure. The United States has double the rate of use as the Netherlands, where marijuana is legally available.

The criminalization of Americans who prefer marijuana to martinis has no basis in science. The war on marijuana consumers is a failed cultural inquisition, not an evidence-based public health campaign. This country no longer can afford to subsidize the prejudices of culture warriors. Not just in Colorado but throughout the nation, it’s time to stop the arrests and instead tax legal marijuana.

Robert Sharpe

Policy analyst, Common Sense for Drug Policy

Washington, D.C.

Comments

Dan Hill 1 year, 5 months ago

But people might get high! Civilization as we know it would collapse! And what would we do with all our SWAT teams if they weren't busy breaking down doors in the middle of the night to stop people smoking a joint? It's not like we have any real crimes for the police to worry about - like people running around with guns killing other people...

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