The Right Way To Legalize Marijuana (No, We’ve Been Doing It Wrong)

CALIFORNIA:  Mark Kleiman is out this week with the single most comprehensive look at the trend toward legalizing pot you’re likely to find. He doesn’t spend much space on the pros and cons of legalization–almost anyone can tick those off on the fingers of both hands–but on the right way to do it, and the wrong way.

Short version: Colorado and Washington are doing it the wrong way, and the federal government’s hands-off approach isn’t making things any better.

Kleiman’s grasp of the topic isn’t surprising. A professor of public policy at UCLA, he’s been a recognized expert on drug policy for years. (He’s also one of the few people we know who effectively shorted the housing bubble, selling his four-bedroom house on tony Mulholland Drive for a handsome profit in 2005 and sitting out the rest of the housing boom–and bust.)

Read full article @ LA Times


  1. […] Professor Kleiman opts for a sensible, controlled legalization of the drug. He points to similar schemes in states like Utah, where liquor can only be sold in state operated or controlled outlets. He counters that the same idea would work for marijuana too, safe “pot stores” in which people could go and buy properly controlled, legally grown strains of weed which would mean it would be easier to police and to keep an eye on. […]

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