Over the last 100 years, there have been numerous major government and private commissions around the world that have studied the drug laws and made recommendations for changes. They all reached remarkably similar conclusions, no matter who did them, or when, or where, or why.
They all agreed that the marijuana laws were based on ignorance and nonsense and do more harm than good. They all said that the current approach is fundamentally wrong and should be changed immediately.
You don't have to take my word for this. Google "Major Studies of Drugs and Drug Policy" and read all of them yourself.
This isn't hard. If we can make workable rules for alcohol and tobacco, which kill 500,000 people per year, then those same rules should work for the much smaller problem of marijuana. ...(full comment)
This is backwards. Public opinion is already way ahead of the law, there is no "softening" necessary.
Decriminalization and medical marijuana both passed with strong majorities.
And Massachusetts does have a much tougher Medical marijuana laws than California, as we will see as it plays out in the next year.
Nationally, we will see the impact of Colorado and Washington, and voters will have plenty of time to judge legalization there before a binding ballot initiative is likely in 2016.
Once again, the public will see that the sky doesn't fall, and marijuana prohibition is a strange accident of history. The time has come to end it.
As Northampton Attorney Richard Evans says: "The idea of a dispensary in their community is offensive to people who have been listening to the government propaganda for 50 years."
http://www.mymassachusettsdefenselawyer.com/marijuana-laws-expert-predicts-more-legalization-feds-out-of-marijuana-by-2017/ ...(full comment)