The American Interest
Policy, Politics & Culture
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A Voter’s Guide to Legalizing Marijuana
Published on October 3, 2012
Current U.S. drug policies have produced mediocre results, at best. Pessimists say that trying to eradicate drug use by making it illegal has failed altogether. Even optimists mostly view the prohibition approach as just holding the line, which is a polite way of saying that we are mired in an ugly status quo, in which prices are near all-time lows despite our having locked up half a million people for drug offenses, mostly dealing. This lackluster track record has prompted suggestions that we replace strict prohibition with some form of legal availability for at least some currently banned drugs in...