Drug Policy

Advocates of Legalizing Marijuana on the Grow!


From the Wash Post, heartening news for those of us who care about a) sick people who are routinely denied a medicine that could help them better lives and b) the basic right to control your own state of mind and c) the ways in which prohibition shreds the rule of law, corrupts cops and others, and punishes disproportionately poor and minority citizens:

A 53 percent majority already does so in the West, according to the survey. The finding heartens advocates collecting signatures to put the question of legalization before California voters in a 2010 initiative.

A Gallup poll in October found 44 percent of Americans favor full legalization of marijuana—a rise of 13 points since 2000. Gallup said that if public support continues growing at a rate of 1 to 2 percent per year, "the majority of Americans could favor legalization of the drug in as little as four years."

At last week's International Drug Reform Conference, activists gamed specific proposals for taxing and regulating pot along the lines of cigarettes and alcohol, as a bill pending in the California Legislature would do. The measure is not expected to pass, but in urging its serious debate, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) gave credence to a potential revenue source that the state's tax chief said could raise $1.3 billion in the recession, which advocates describe as a boon.

More here. On that last point, I did back of the envelope calculations on tax estimates from legalizing drugs, prositution, and gambling in The New York Times. Check my math here.

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  1. Somethin’s growin’, knowhaddimean?

    Just kidding. I would never make a tasteless joke about penises- that would be demeaning to women. Please don’t report me to my boss.

  2. Cavanaugh is probably still asleep so you’re safe. Post will be on the second page by the time they wake up in Cali.

    1. Cavanaugh doesn’t sleep. He waits.

  3. “the majority of Americans could favor legalization of the drug in as little as four years”

    Meh. A majority of Americans was against the bailout.

  4. “c) the ways in which prohibition shreds the rule of law, corrupts cops and others, and punishes disproportionately poor and minority citizens”

    That’s an unfortunate adverb placement — on first read it sounded like you were going lefty on us and calling them disproportionately poor and minority.

    The idea of someone being disproportionately minority is actually pretty funny, but I think Chad (etc) might buy it as a problem the government needs to fix.

  5. I have mixed feelings about legalization. I think the whole drug war is stupid. However, I have access to my own supply which makes me extra popular with the young pot head chicks. Legalization would ruin that.

    1. Have you tried being an asshole to the chicks? For some reason, it’s very effective for picking up chicks.

  6. The war on drugs has been more harmful than the drugs: in money, personal tragedy, erosion of civil liberties, official corruption, and prosecutorial misconduct and abuse.

  7. This support will erode over time because most of the support is among the young who turn more conservative as they age.

    Or so they tell me whenever the issue is gay marriage instead of something they want to see happen.

  8. Hello, Nugster Girl!

  9. It isn’t getting legalized as soon as everybody thinks. A friend of mine in Jersey told me it would be legalized in just months, and he told me this 3 months ago. Every time they think it’s coming, 40 yrs goes by, and nobody knows why the hype died off. And if it is legalized, everyone will probably need a card anyway, and it’ll be sold illegally to those without cards. Legalization won’t come till there is an open window for the criminals to get their part. Money must be made both on the surface and underground to make something change in politics.

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