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Colorado, Marijuana, and the Failed War on Drugs

Colorado, as we know, has legalized personal possession of marijuana.  It’s an experiment and it may or may not work, but I have a hard time imagining the outcome will be any worse than the outcome of our war on drugs.  As public policy goes, I think Colorado is moving in the right direction.

I’m thinking about this issue morning because of a post from Mano Singham that linked to an interview by Dr. Lester Grinspoon about marijuana that has some amazing quotes.

It’s certainly a good recreational drug—better than alcohol or any other drug  that might be considered recreational. It’s so…free. You don’t have a hangover,  it’s less expensive in the long run, it doesn’t compromise functioning in a way  that alcohol can.

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And this about his personal experience and observation: Read the rest of this entry »

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Obama’s Marijuana Prohibition Acid Test

Reprinted in full from Huffington Post by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman
Posted January 14, 2009

The parallels between the 1933 coming of Franklin Roosevelt and the upcoming inauguration of Barack Obama must include the issue of Prohibition: alcohol in 1933, and marijuana today. As FDR did back then, Obama must now help end an utterly failed, socially destructive, reactionary crusade.

Marijuana prohibition is a core cause of the nation’s economic problems. It now costs the U.S. more than tens of billions per year to track, arrest, try, defend and imprison marijuana consumers who pose little harm to society. The social toll soars even higher when we account for social violence, lost work, ruined careers and damaged families. In 2007, 775,137 people were arrested in the U.S. for mere possession of this ancient crop, according to the FBI’s uniform crime report. Read the rest of this entry »

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