Many of the problems the state is experiencing are caused by the continuing impact of prohibition.
"Government in general does a lot of things that aren't necessary," says Jared Polis.
While the lethal effects of Iran’s booze ban are widely recognized, politicians ignore similar consequences from U.S. drug laws.
One Reason for New York's Pitiful Rollout of Legal Pot: License Preferences for Victims of Prohibition
More than two years after legalizing recreational use, the state has just a dozen licensed retailers.
A study suggests that "selectively targeting large-scale drug vendors" on the dark web can succeed where all previous enforcement efforts have failed.
Pot Legalization Is a 'Big Mistake' Only If You Ignore the Value of Freedom and the Injustice of Prohibition
The harm caused by marijuana abuse does not justify reverting to an oppressive policy that criminalized peaceful conduct.
High taxes and heavy regulations are as effective as prohibition at creating black markets.
The emergence of the animal tranquilizer as an opioid adulterant illustrates once again how the war on drugs makes drug use more dangerous.
And now the state thinks it needs to crack down even more.
It is hard to find evidence of this "disturbing trend."
The country's strategy ignores the failures of prohibition.
Lighter regulation is one likely explanation.
An emphasis on corruption and enforcement downplays the very real influence of regulation and taxes on California's booming black market.
According to new CDC numbers, the death toll rose 15 percent last year after jumping 30 percent in 2020.
The proposed rule, which targets the cigarettes that black smokers overwhelmingly prefer, will harm the community it is supposed to help.
Nearly two dozen towns that had said no to legal weed shops are reconsidering.
A sociologist spent 112 days tracking students' illicit deals for chips and other goodies.
A new 2022 law will punish anybody “aiding and abetting” unlicensed dealers. It will most certainly harm low-level workers.
If only they would apply that lesson to other goods and services.
Much of what government does is tax people to try to fix problems that government caused.
Officials publicly congratulate themselves for protecting teens, but they know that they’re prodding young people to switch to cigarettes.
This is the same agency that cost thousands of lives with its botched vaccine rollout.
A politicized vaccine distribution process intended to take price out of the picture has given the edge to the rich, connected, and powerful.
Before putting testing rules in place, officials should have considered whether the public would be willing and able to comply.
Bay State officials expect a new ban on flavored tobacco products to benefit illegal suppliers.
The Wall Street Journal Blames Marijuana Legalization for Vaping-Related Lung Injuries, a Black-Market Hazard
The main danger to vapers is illicit cannabis extracts of unknown provenance and composition.
More than half of cigarettes consumed in the state are smuggled from elsewhere, thanks to high taxes.
The drug wars will continue until the state gets its cut of the money.
When the government tries to hoover up all the money earned from legalized drugs, this is what happens.
The Golden State is still taking punitive, costly, and pointless measures to fight illegal grow operations.
Once again, underground suppliers step in when over-regulated markets can’t satisfy customers.
Pantaleo's lawyer says it’s “arbitrary and capricious” to fire a cop for choking a guy over black market cigarettes.
Deaths continue to rise, thanks to increased use of less-safe black market pain pills.
High taxes and tight restrictions have handed huge chunks of the tobacco market to criminal networks. Why would vaping be any different?
The black market still dominates. And more enforcement and fines aren’t going to fix it.
A RAND report highlights the importance of new synthesis methods, cheap international shipping, and online distribution aided by privacy-protecting technologies.