Drug Traffickers: Is Prison Time a Deterrent?

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Mark Kleiman, writing in this space about the marijuana legalization initiatives that passed last month in Washington and Colorado, endorses the "laboratory of democracy" rationale for state-level experimentation with marijuana legalization. He observes that if the federal government allows such policies to take effect—whether by statute or prosecutorial discretion—we will actually get some real evidence about whether legalization will increase . . .

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