1. QB says

    Well, if that was the key quote, Keller got it wrong: “…as Mark Kleiman puts it, “design a system that gets us to ‘orderly’ without getting us to ‘way too stoned.’ ””

    But anyway my favorite line there is “All this regulating is almost enough to take the fun out of drugs.”

  2. Pamela D says

    I’m a non-pot smoker, myself. My detached, academic reasons for supporting legalization and regulation of marijuana (like we do the more dangerous drugs, alcohol and tobacco,) had to do with the economic and social costs of law enforcement in wasted taxes and destroyed lives.

    But then a beloved relative, who suffers from a back injury, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He has less than a year to live, now. A few years ago, with great difficulty, he managed to get free from the oxycodone addiction he’d developed from treating his back pain. So he can’t take opiates any longer. Then he turned to alcohol, which eased his pain, but he has become an alcoholic, so, now that outlet is closed to him, too. Shouldn’t he be able to ease his suffering in his final months with marijuana? But he lives in a state where even medical marijuana is not allowed, and to put his family through the hell of risking arrest and prosecution for drugs isn’t an option.

    These laws are unjust, and they hurt. It hurts me, now, because it’s hurting my loved one. It’s unfair. He needs help now, because it is soon too late. Where do I rage?