Tuesday, November 2, 2010

High on voting

While crossing my fingers for gridlock in DC, the election issue I'll be watching most closely is Proposition 19 in California. As reasoners Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch discuss, this may be the most important aspect of the election for the country as a whole.

Several former drug czars summarize the case against legalization in the LA Times. I'll let it speak for itself, but the main conclusion I draw is that we should get rid of the drug czar position.

I recall a conversation with one of my economics colleagues at Michigan two years ago, when Michigan's state ballot featured a medical marijuana initiative. My colleague indicated that s/he was voting against it because it was a stalking horse for legalization. My thought: Exactly, and that is a big part of why I am voting for it!

The process of medical marijuana leading to legalization seems to be playing out in California. Let's hope it spreads elsewhere soon.

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