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A Thoughtful Look at the Marijuana Legalization Trend

ECGTB Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 6:01 PM
Let me counter as an attorney that there are, in fact, people in jail for simple possession. It is very true that first time offenders get a small fine or placement in drug treatment. People who do go to jail for possession are really going because they angered the police or the judge but I am at a loss as to why people who believe in the rule of law consider arbitrary enforcement to be a feature rather than a bug. If it really is as bad as she says, why isn't she calling for strict enforcement rather than clinging to the status quo? She seems to be conceding that locking up users is a waste just as she concedes that marijuana has real medical uses.

Society is gradually becoming more liberal – or libertine – in many ways, and one of the latest trends is the gradual legalization of marijuana in one state after another. This past election, voters approved marijuana for legal (recreational) use in Colorado and Washington. Marijuana has been legalized for recreational or medicinal use in 13 states, with more states to consider it soon. 15 million Americans are regular users of marijuana, a little over 5% of of the population. It seems problematic to criticize its legalization from a logical perspective considering alcohol, another psychoactive substance, is legal. If it is acceptable...