It’s time to end the war on marijuana
In yesterday’s election, voters in Colorado and Washington state approved referendums legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, and Massachusetts became the 18th state to allow the use of reefer for medical purposes.
This trend toward liberalization of laws regarding weed, as it’s called, should be a signal to the federal government and all the other states that it’s time to give up on the foolish war on marijuana. This war has cost us many billions of dollars, ruined countless lives, fostered more crime than it’s curbed, strained the criminal-justice system to the breaking point, corrupted law enforcement and promoted a disrespect for law in general.
Marijuana is a relatively innocuous drug, especially as compared to cocaine and heroin. Tens of millions of Americans have used pot without any lasting negative effects. We probably haven’t had an American president in the past 20 years who didn’t use marijuana when he was young.
It does our society far more harm than good to persist in the prohibition of this drug. Let’s legalize it, tax it and devote our criminal justice system to more sensible pursuits. In so doing, we’ll strike a blow to the drug cartels and save ourselves tons of money, not to mention innumerable lives.