“Which drugs should be legal? How legal?”

Video up of my Dartmouth drug-policy talk.

Dartmouth has posted video of my drug-policy talk there. Warning: it’s 90 minutes long.

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

7 thoughts on ““Which drugs should be legal? How legal?””

  1. I don’t suppose there’s a transcript available somewhere? My wife doesn’t appreciate it much when my PC speakers interfere with her TV viewing, and my attempts to listen through ear buds result in the constant need to pause and remove one every time she wants to converse with me, which seems to take place most often when the focus of my attention is anywhere but on her. 😉

  2. Ditto. Small apartment, do most of my web surfing in the morning when my wife is sleeping, (I’m a morning person, she’s decidedly not.) The odds of my finding 90 minutes to actually listen to something online are essentially zero. Not to mention that I can read a 90 minute lecture in maybe a half hour. I’ll gladly read for hours, but not listen.

  3. This video is fabulous. I’ve not seen anything that covers substances from tobacco to MDMA and pretty near everything else discussed with such perspective. The use of the microphone for the audience asking questions was quite helpful as it avoided the need to repeat or rephrase questions. I can’t say I did the ninety minutes in 1 nonstop session (that’s what the handy pause button is for), but it was time well spent. The use of the John Stuart Mill premise provided a excellent frame for the discussion to follow.

    Thanks for you efforts to enlighten.

  4. Fantastic. Is there a list of your upcoming publicly accessible lectures, Dr. Kleiman? I would love to attend.

  5. Dr. Kleiman, I really enjoyed that talk. After it I was wondering about the illicit market in cigarettes and what that might mean for a potential illicit market in cannabis post-legalization. Is the primary impact of the illicit market to lower the street price or to divert what would have been taxes paid to the federal government into the hands of the intermediaries? If it was the former then it should still be possible to use taxation as a method of preventing the consumer price from being so low as to create the significant increase in use and abuse that you mentioned.

  6. Mark —

    Came to Samefacts to get your thoughts on Newtown, stayed to spend a most enjoyable 90 minutes — terrific talk!

    Very best, chris

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