The “medical marijuana” scam

Eric Sterling tells it like it is.

Eric Sterling – who can’t be called a “prohibitionist” by even the most extreme opponent of current drug policies – is willing to say the obvious: that while cannabis is useful for some patients, and while it ought to be legally available for non-medical use by adults, most of the “medical” marijuana business in California is devoted to serving non-medical demand.

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: