Marijuana Legalization Goes Corporate

In a few days, the voters of Ohio will decide whether to let a cartel of well-heeled investors control legal marijuana cultivation in perpetuity, with low taxes and high profits locked in forever at public expense.

I write about the Ohio initiative at The Week, noting that if it passes, old line legalization organizations and individual grassroots activists will become nearly irrelevant for the future of legalized pot. Instead legalized marijuana will become a corporate industry dominated by 1 percenters, very much on the model of the tobacco industry.

Author: Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is the Esther Ting Memorial Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at Kings College London. His research, teaching and writing have focused on addictive disorders, self-help organizations (e.g., breast cancer support groups, Alcoholics Anonymous), evaluation research methods, and public policy related to health care, mental illness, veterans, drugs, crime and correctional systems. Professor Humphreys' over 300 scholarly articles, monographs and books have been cited over thirteen thousand times by scientific colleagues. He is a regular contributor to Washington Post and has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian (UK), The Telegraph (UK), Times Higher Education (UK), Crossbow (UK) and other media outlets.