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The logic of Amendment 64 – WAR ON DRUGS

The logic of Amendment 64 – WAR ON DRUGS

Posted on 02 Jul 2012 at 7:11am

Colorado is considering a fundamental change to the laws concerning marijuana. Instead of continuing to follow the failed “war on drugs” policy of prohibition and criminalization, we are considering regulating marijuana like alcohol through Amendment 64.

This raises some fundamental issues. What exactly should we criminalize? When is regulation, rather than criminalization, a superior solution to a perceived problem? Why should a substance be banned? When should it be regulated and made available?

We need to do this in a principled manner, so that reason, not fear, drives the determination of how the law treats actions like possession of marijuana. We must set forth before the nation the reasoned justice of…