Social Policy

The Legalization of Marijuana

Bob Leeds, co-owner of Sea of Green Farms, shows some of the marijuana he produces during a tour of his company's facility in Seattle, Washington (REUTERS/Jason Redmond).

Opinion

Despite Push to Legalize, "War on Drugs" Still Matters

January 29, 2015, Jason Tama

With multiple state marijuana initiatives winning voter approval in the 2014 midterm elections, Jason Tama writes that states should proceed cautiously as it is too soon to fully assess the complex economic and public health and safety implications of state-by-state legalization. Just as important, the effects on international illicit drug markets, transnational organized crime and American foreign policy are either ignored or oversimplified.

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