Prohibition 2.0 Making a Mess of Marijuana Legalization. Just Get Out of the Way

The major purpose of legalizing the production and sale of recreational cannabis (beyond decriminalizing possession) must be removing it from the contraband markets.

Keeping marijuana as contraband is a subsidy for criminal organizations, and consequently a source of corruption in law enforcement in the U.S. and violence in Latin America.

Also, having marijuana in the same distribution channels as that of hard drugs creates the real “Gateway.” Of course, contraband markets have no quality control, so the products may be contaminated with dangerous substances.

And finally, contraband markets don’t pay taxes or otherwise benefit legal businesses the way alcohol subsidizes the restaurant business (which certainly needs all the help it can get.)

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