Marijuana

The gateway drug:

Moving forward, we need to be less ideological and more empirical in figuring out what works in combating America’s drug problem. One approach would be for a state or two to experiment with legalization of marijuana, allowing it to be sold by licensed pharmacists, while measuring the impact on usage and crime.

and my favorite paragraph:

“I had arrested a 19-year-old, in his own home, for possession of marijuana,” [Norm Stamper, a former police chief of Seattle] recalled. “I literally broke down the door, on the basis of probable cause. I took him to jail on a felony charge.” The arrest and related paperwork took several hours, and Mr. Stamper suddenly had an “aha!” moment: “I could be doing real police work.”

2 thoughts on “Marijuana”

  1. My favorite War on Drugs/Broken Windows statistics:

    “By the year 2000, arrests on misdemeanor charges of smoking marijuana in public view (MPV) had reached a peak of 51,267 for the city, up 2,670% from 1,851 arrests in 1994. In 1993, the year before broken windows policing was implemented, a New York City police precinct made, on average, 10 MPV arrests per year; by 2000, the police precincts were averaging 644 MPV arrests per year—almost 2 arrests per day per precinct. These misdemeanor MPV arrests accounted for 15% of all felony and misdemeanor arrests in New York City in 2000.”

    Up 2,600% in 6 years! 15% of all criminal arrests in the year 2000. Insane.

  2. I always enjoy the circular reasoning used by law enforcement spokespeople against legalization:

    “If marijuana is legalized, health care costs will rise, worker productivity will fall, and intoxicated drivers will kill tens of thousands of people every year.”

    “Ok, so why is it OK to consume alcohol, then?”

    “Well, alcohol is legal.”

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