Are We Serious about Ending the Drug War, or Just Blowing Smoke?

Traces of Reality
November 3, 2014

 

“Are We Serious about Ending the Drug War, or Just Blowing Smoke?” with Phillip Smith

On this edition of Demanufacturing Consent: Guillermo is joined by Phillip Smith, a drug policy activist, and writer and editor of the Drug War Chronicle at StoptheDrugWar.org. Phillip describes what end to the drug war in the United States would look like, and how close we may be to achieving this goal.

We discuss the four pending marijuana legalization initiatives that are on the ballot in November, and what the odds may be of ending prohibition across the country in the foreseeable future. We also go over the current “tax and regulate” legalization model being used in Washington and Colorado, whether or not it’s been successful, and how this model stacks up to others employed around the world.

Lastly, we explore some of the arguments against legalization. Is there a danger for the emerging marijuana industry to become the new “Big Tobacco?” What, if anything, should be done to prevent this? Beyond “reefer madness” and other misguided fears, are there any legitimate reasons for keeping marijuana and other drugs illegal?

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