War on Drugs: Why Is Marijuana Legal in Some States and Not Others?

Release Date
April 23, 2016

Topic

Liberty War on Drugs
Description

Why do some states have harsher laws against marijuana than others? Is having differing laws between states a good thing? Join Learn Liberty and Professor Alex Kreit to explore how possession of cannabis is treated differently by the jurisdictions of Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

3 Absurd Reasons for Banning Drugs (video): Professor Steven Davies explains the circumstances which led to much of today’s drug policies. 
War On Drugs (Playlist): The effects of the War on Drugs are wide-ranging, affecting individuals, families, communities, and even government officials. 
The History and Economics of Drug Prohibition (program): Why were some drugs made illegal? What are the effects of their prohibition? Learn more in our On Demand Program:

>> In the US, legally speaking, a couple tiny inches can make a huge difference. Let me show you what I mean. Hey, don’t hate me. I just enforce the laws that you and your fellow citizens tell me to, I get nothing but abuse.
>> You suck.
>> See, it’s like I said.
 
It just depends on where you’re standing. I caught my first drug dealer. Yeah. I’ll make captain in no time. Man, pot. Marijuana? You little rascal, come here. I know what you’re thinking. Crazy how on one side of this tiny line you’re a criminal and on the other side, you’re free to go.
 
Feels kind of arbitrary, doesn’t it? It’s not always a bad thing to have different rules in different places. The world is complex. We don’t always know what we want. But we get to experiment and see what we like best. Luckily, if the laws have changed a little bit too slowly for your taste, you can vote with your feet.
 
And that, is beautiful.
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