Marijuana legalization: A primer
Posted by sanityinjection on July 9, 2009
It’s been a while since I touched on the long-standing question of legalizing marijuana. I’m something of an agnostic on the issue: my reservations about legalization tend to be practical rather than fundamental.
Most of the literature on the subject comes with a very strong opinion either for or against. I therefore found this piece by Mother Jones blogger Kevin Drum unusual. Like myself, Drum is a non-pot-smoker with no deep convictions one way or another about the matter. He delivers a thoughtful look at the issue from a practical rather than an ideological perspective. Along the way, he delivers some good information, like the true number of people imprisioned on marijuana charges (a lot fewer than you think.)
Drum concludes with a mild argument in favor of at least further loosening marijuana laws. I am not sure I agree, particularly because Drum does not address the proven ability of law enforcement to arrest serious criminals on pot charges. However, the conlcusion here is not important as the journey. I recommend this piece to anyone interested in a more thorough understanding of some of the issues involved in marijuana policy.