COLORADO MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION
I can see no logical reason why any government in America should punish me to coerce me to stop using cannabis. I see no logical reason why any government in America should force me to purchase my cannabis from criminal underground markets. Unfortunately for Kevin Sabet, more and more Americans are agreeing with me.
Marijuana ain't alcohol or tobacco. But suppose it was. Colorado has reportedly raked in about $25 million in taxes, licenses and fees. Does anyone seriously claim there has been a quarter billion dollars in social costs in Colorado as a result? That's greater than the annual cost of all high-rise fires in America.
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Given forty years of escalation of the war on drugs in the U.S. and around the world, the global consensus that the policy is a deadly and costly failure, and that policies that hurt our fragile economies must be fixed, we need a new Shafer Commission to develop and recommend a drug policy that saves lives.