Passage of a Prop 64 is long overdue.
Original post – The Spectator
There’s a reason marijuana laws don’t work: There is no compelling reason for them to work.
Marijuana is not a dangerous drug. Used in moderation, cannabis has few ill effects; used in excess, the intoxicant has fewer and less severe side effects than alcohol. It’s not in a class with opioids that can kill users. There has been no known lethal human overdose of marijuana. The California Medical Association supports state Proposition 64, which would legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana for recreational adult use. There is no compelling public-safety interest in government’s ban on adult recreational use — not in a free country.
It’s time for California to cut its ties with ill-conceived federal and state drug laws that ban adult recreational use and thus consign marijuana cultivation and sale to criminal gangs. Just as the mob grew powerful thanks to the American prohibition of alcohol (which failed to douse the public’s desire for spirits), drug gangs have flourished thanks to Washington’s war on drugs. By legalizing marijuana, not simply decriminalizing its use, California can move the trade out of the shadows to a place where the state can regulate and tax it. As Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a proponent, told the San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board, “The goal is to end the black market.”
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