If Not Now, When? The Slow Rise of Marijuana Reform
- Cannabis? Impact on Health Justifies Its Legalization, Not Its Criminal Prohibition by Paul Armentano Paul Armentano begins our roundtable discussion with a review of the burgeoning literature on the safety of recreational cannabis and the unique effectiveness of cannabis for many medical purposes. Recent years have seen an outpouring of this type of research, which stands in stark contrast to the political consensus in Washington, which still favors criminalization.
- Losing Hearts and Minds in the Drug War by Norm Stamper Norm Stamper argues that when people see the true face of the War on Drugs, they are justifiably outraged. The average citizen can now take videos almost anywhere and then publicize what they?ve recorded. The result? YouTube clips of military-style police raids, in which the violence meted out seems vastly disproportionate to any possible wrongdoing by the suspects. Police have an important job to do in our society. They need the public?s respect if they?re going to succeed, and the War on Drugs is getting in the way.
- Essay by Allen St. Pierre, November 11.
- Essay by Morgan Fox, November 14.
- Conversation to Follow November 14
Related at Cato
- Upcoming conference: ?Ending the Global War on Drugs,? November 15, 2011
- ?Drug Decriminalization in Portugal: Lessons for Creating Fair and Successful Drug Policies? by Glenn Greenwald
- ?How the War on Drugs is Destroying Black America? by John McWhorter
- ?It?s Time to Declare Peace in the War against Drugs? by Doug Bandow
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