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 November 11, 2011

marijuana negative effectsby David Borden

It turns out that New York City isn’t the only place where marijuana possession arrests have skyrocketed in recent decades. It’s also happened to The State of California. The SF Weekly reports on a new study to this effect, published by the Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice.

I wanted to post a quote from the article by Mike Males, the researcher who authored the study:

“The War on Drugs is not intended to solve the drug problem — it’s intended to maximize the harm drugs cause in society.”

I strongly agree with this and I think it sums up one key aspect of our prohibitionist policy. It’s not that most supporters of the drug war think this consciously. It’s that the drug war support is incoherent and emotionally based. Drugs have to continue to harm people, and more than they might do on their own without public intervention, so that we can continue to point out how bad drugs are.

If the harm that drugs do can be reduced — and the harm of drug policies of course counts as harm from drugs, that’s how incoherent it is — there would be less reason for people to refrain from drug use, and less opportunity to tell people not to use drugs or to say we told you so. Given how low marijuana falls on the harmful substances scale, it’s especially important for zealots to focus on marijuana. Otherwise people might get the idea that it would be okay to legalize it. (Oh wait, that’s happening anyway…)

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About Jay Smoker

I have been smoking marijuana for almost twenty years and I have no plans to stop anytime soon. My life was turned upside down in 2009 after getting arrested and tossed in jail for being in the wrong state with legal medical marijuana. I got fed up, and I now devote all my time to ending this insanity.I am responsible for the technical side of this project, but try to chip in when I can, either with syndicated articles or original content.Follow me on Facebook and Twitter.Feel free to email. any questions or concerns. Peace!