The war on drugs has failed. Is legalization the answer?

13 February 2012

This Spring, Texas has an opportunity to host one of the best one-day examinations in years on the 'war on some drugs' (Of course, we don't really have a war on 'drugs' in America, or, that governments and corporations really seek a 'drug-free' America). Joining inside-the-Beltway think tanks like the Cato Institute's recent symposium on the failed war on drugs and what are some of the logical public policy alternatives, the prestigious James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University tackles this important public policy topic in both detail and with moxie.

The staff at Rice University has assembled an absolutely outstanding faculty to both discuss and debate numerous aspects of drug policy, notably the American public's rapidly increasing desire to end Cannabis Prohibition. Experts from all over the world have been invited to speak and/or debate. This is a rare opportunity in Texas to have such a bright spotlight cast on a public policy most everyone knows is ineffective. However, the current batch of elected policy makers are still largely reticent to move forward replacing, for example, Cannabis Prohibition -- with it's lack of social and legal controls; and taxation -- with a 'tax-n-control' regulatory that largely looks like our country's alcohol and tobacco 'control and education' models.

Historically speaking, one of the most effective ways to advance cannabis policy reforms over the years has been to have public discussion and debates about the current policies, and what are better, more economical, constitutional and sensible ways to achieve these importantly needed and publicly-supported policy reforms.

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