With measures related to recreational or medicinal cannabis use on the ballot in a number of American states today, Mark Kleiman weighs in with thoughts on the ways in which some states are getting cannabis legalization wrong and suggestions on how to get it right.
Acknowledging that cannabis isn’t the demon weed doesn’t mean accepting it as harmless; it isn’t. Like alcohol or tobacco, cannabis can damage its consumers in various ways. A smart legalization scheme would try to minimize those harms. But that’s not what we’re getting from most legalization advocates.