Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Kristof, Crouch, Soros, and McNamara on Prop 19 - Brainstorm - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Kristof, Crouch, Soros, and McNamara on Prop 19 - Brainstorm - The Chronicle of Higher Education
I doubt that the New Zealand government will take much notice if Proposition 19 is passed in California. But scientific evidence seems to show that the laws against cannabis have been as effective as the Prohibition in the United States in the the 1930s. The cost of enforcement and the loss of tax from the revenue make a strong economic case for liberalisation. After all, if gift duty is to be abolished because the cost of compliance is regarded as excessive, then cannabis must also qualify. Like so many social issues, we lack proper analysis of this to make an informed decision. Where are the rigorous studies and the objective assessments? I am unsure myself about the social harm caused by cannabis use. Some do abuse it-there is no doubt. Others seem to cope despite regular use and carry on conventional lives. Just do the work people! I would really like to know!

And as a supplement, Proposition 19 did not pass, so we will not know if this would have worked.
From the LA Times

Proposition - 19 - Legalize Marijuana - Ballot Issue
California - 24845 of 24845 Precincts Reporting - 100%
NameVotesVote %
No3,978,31454%
Yes3,412,38746%

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