Seventy-five years, millions of arrests and billions of dollars later, we are still living with the consequences of that ignorant, ill-considered decision, which nationalized a policy that punishes peaceful people and squanders taxpayer money in a blind vendetta...
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That can't happen until people are accountable for their own behavior. For this to happen we must end the welfare state and change schools so that there are ways out of dependency. These things are necessary but not sufficient. School choice, return religion to the public square, and lots more basic realignment of incentives that foster rather than discourage responsible behavior. None of these things are in the near future.
Shortly before the House of Representatives approved a federal ban on marijuana in 1937, the Republican minority leader, Bertrand Snell of New York, confessed, "I do not know anything about the bill." The Democratic majority leader, Sam Rayburn of Texas, educated him. "It has something to do with something that is called marihuana," Rayburn said. "I believe it is a narcotic of some kind."
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