Daily Archives: December 7, 2012

Marijuana Legalization Is Not Enough?

Author Martin Lee shares his thoughts on the past, present and future of the marijuana reform movement. Is reform reality or a pipe dream?

Marijuana legalization is a beginning, not an end.

“When residents of Colorado and Washington voted to legalize the adult use of cannabis, it felt like a momentary rush of sobriety in a country dazed by decades of anti-marijuana hysteria. But what comes next?

The drug war edifice is cracking and the end of prohibition may be nigh. Or may not be. The way things play out is not preordained. Major strategic differences among legalization proponents are surfacing about how to proceed. Some drug policy reform leaders, fearing an official backlash, are urging a cautious, go-slow, approach: make it as easy as possible for the Feds to back off and let the states do their thing. Other voices, claiming a pro-pot electoral mandate, are calling for bold, assertive moves to implement the will of the voters.”

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