Columnist Urges California To Lead In Ending War On Marijuana


With Californians set to vote Tuesday on whether to broadly legalize marijuana, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof suggests that it is time to end the war on marijuana. He writes, “Our nearly century-long experiment in banning marijuana has failed as abysmally as Prohibition did, and California may now be pioneering a saner approach. Sure, there are risks if California legalizes pot. But our present drug policy has three catastrophic consequences.”

He continues, “First, it squanders billions of dollars that might be better used for education. California now spends more money on prisons than on higher education. It spends about $216,000 per year on each juvenile detainee, and just $8,000 on each child in the troubled Oakland public school system.”

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