Four Ways Marijuana Legalization is like Obamacare

Jonathan Rauch

In a Brookings paper last year, I argued that in important respects marijuana legalization, as an issue, resembles gay marriage. Both are social issues with values dimensions; both can benefit from being handled at the state level; both seem to have recently crossed a tipping point in public opinion, which in both cases is being reshaped by the replacement of older voters with younger ones. All true. But watching the dismal rollout of Obamacare, and the more promising but still complex rollout of marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington state, has pointed up another side of the issue.

Specifically, four other sides: ways in which marijuana reformers need to learn from health-care reform. What are they? Find out in this new Washington Monthly article. The magazine’s package on making marijuana legalization work also includes important articles by Mark Kleiman on the dangers of federal passivity and Jonathan Caulkins on preventing excessive commercialization.

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