Magazine December 8, 2014, Issue

Cannabis, Conservatively

(Luba Myts)
There’s a middle ground between prohibition and commercial production

The election results suggest that the country is well on the way to fully legalizing not only the possession of cannabis for personal use but also its commercial production and sale. The voters seem to have concluded—decisively, though not enthusiastically—that, after trying marijuana prohibition for 80 years, it’s time to move to Plan B.

It’s not hard to see why: The illegal cannabis trade (and federal law makes it illegal everywhere in the country, whatever some states might choose to do) now generates about $40 billion a year in revenue for lawbreakers, about twice as much as the revenue from cocaine,

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