Can Beau Kilmer write a great op-ed on pot legalization?

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The first jurisdictions to legalize pot will probably suffer growing pains and want to make changes later on. They would do well to build some flexibility into their taxation and regulatory regime.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact:

4 thoughts on “Can Beau Kilmer write a great op-ed on pot legalization?”

  1. 4. Prevention. If pot is legal for adults, how will school and community prevention programs adapt their messages to prevent kids from using? While some proposals to legalize marijuana would divert tax revenues to prevention efforts, the messaging and strategy should probably be in place before legal marijuana ever hits the streets.

    I’m speaking from my own personal experience here (though I believe my situation is hardly uncommon), but it was practically always easier for me and my peers to obtain marijuana than alcohol as teens. Parents afraid of their kids using cannabis should welcome legalization. I don’t think we need any more “messaging”; when it comes to drugs that pretty much always means “lying to kids”. As much of a conservative/libertarian cliché* it is to say it, parents need to take personal responsibility for teaching their kids about cannabis/drugs in general instead of relying on the state to do it.

    *People simply cannot be right about everything, all the time. By that same token people cannot be wrong about everything all the time either.

    1. As easy as it is for teenagers to acquire pot today, imagine how much easier it’ll be once weed is 4-5 times cheaper than it is now! (Of course we don’t know exactly how much cheaper it will be under legalization, but we can expect the price to go down–A LOT–when people are able to grow and sell it openly, without risk of seizure or arrest. And any effort to tax it back up to current prices will invite widespread evasion).

      I’m not a parent. But if I had a fifteen year-old son who liked to spend every waking moment bombed out of his skull, I wouldn’t be so sanguine about the prospect of $50/oz. sinsemilla flooding the market.

      N.B. I hate the hypocrisy of the current regime and feel that the drug warriors richly deserve the scorn they’ve earned. But to imply that parents should welcome legalization unreservedly is a bit of a stretch.

  2. Hi Mark! I learned an interesting factoid the other day. No idea if it’s really true, or if it is, why, but — a reputable source said that pot smoking leads to hair thinning.

    Of course, this may be because of the smoking itself and not the pot part, b/c apparently ciggies do this too. Maybe this could help you talk youngsters out of taking up the habit. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I get more and more annoyed by being around people who smoke, and maybe this could be leveraged somehow. I would hate to see more young people getting addicted to smoking (anything).

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