Smoking something?

Paul Fishbein has the details of the proposed changes in Canadian cannabis laws up on Drug Policy Digest. It appears that it will be only slightly illegal (a “contravention” punishable by a fine leaving no criminal record) to possess or grow up to 30 grams of cannabis. As Paul points out, that would seem to require home-growers to learn to cultivate something less than one plant. Just another piece of evidence that what Andrew Weil calls “stoned thinking” is at least as characteristic of people who regulate drugs as it is of those who use them.

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: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com