If you’re following the link from Slate, my original posts on the potency issue are here and here.

There followed an exchange in American Enterprise Online. David Murray of the drug czar’s office criticized the posts above here; I responded here. [Whatever you think of the argument, the Mullah Nasruddin story Murray uses as his frame is wonderful.]

Just in case you’re on the pro-pot side of this and think that the drug warriors have some sort of monopoly on b.s., check this out.

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: