Drug Liberalization and Legalization: Tread Cautiously

A man lights a marijuana joint at his home in New York City, April 1, 2021. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)
Do we have the democratic bandwidth to do this right?

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE ‘I f cannabis is legalized, should all drugs be?”

That is the headline question presented in the most recent installation of “The Argument,” a New York Times podcast hosted by Jane Coaston. Fortunately, the dopey headline is not a very good summary of the conversation, which is thoughtful and useful. If there is someone out there who believes that the liberalization of marijuana laws around the country presents a per se case for the legalization of all drugs (whatever it is “all drugs” might hope to mean), I have never been able to dig him up, and neither, apparently, has the New

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