Sunday, October 18, 2009

Reefer Non-Madness

The city of Los Angeles is apparently ready to crack down on the incredible proliferation of cannabis dispensaries, which distribute marijuana under the state medical marijuana law:

Cannabis advocates claim that more than 800 dispensaries have sprouted here since 2002; some law enforcement officials say it is closer to 1,000. Whatever the real number, everyone agrees it is too high.

And so this, too, is taken for granted: Crackdowns on cannabis clubs will soon come in this city, which has more dispensaries than any other.

The most important fact about this situation is that by all accounts, legal and quasi-legal access to marijuana has exploded in recent years.

So, if marijuana really causes violence and amotivational syndrome, or acts as a gateway, drug, as asserted by the prohibitions, then we should have seen an explosion of violence, high school dropouts, and harder drug use in California; we have not. The California experience is one more piece of evidence that the prohibitionist claims are wrong.

Why, then, is LA cracking down on these clubs? The only sensible justification would be to clean up appearances so that the feds do not get tempted to intervene. From every other perspective, the crackdown makes no sense.

14 comments:

komodariffic said...

It seems there is no justification: a new medical marijuana policy issued by the Obama administration will respect state laws and give individual states more say in the issue.

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Libertarian Advocate said...

Do you think that maybe the California criminal Bar guild could be pressing for a roll-back? Decriminalization of Ganja represents a drop in revenue stream for a significant number of members of the legal guilds.

Anonymous said...

The only reason there has not been a spike in Cali from legalization is because everyone was a pothead to begin with. Now if you made it legal in Texas, now that would be pure chaos. Kidding in case you did not notice the sarcasm. Thanks for the blog it is great.

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