Forbes: Marijuana Prohibition Is Unscientific, Unconstitutional And Unjust

Patients for Medical Cannabis

By Jacob Sullum Contributor to Forbes

I cover the war on drugs from a conscientious objector’s perspective.

Next Thursday I am scheduled to debate Robert White, co-author (with Bill Bennett) of Going to Pot: Why the Rush to Legalize Marijuana Is Harming America, on Glenn Beck’s radio show. Each of us will get half an hour or so to make his case before taking questions from Beck and each other. Here is what I plan to say:

Marijuana Prohibition Is Unscientific

A few days before the House of Representatives passed a federal ban on marijuana in June 1937, the Republican minority leader, Bertrand Snell of New York, confessed, “I do not know anything about the bill.” The Democratic majority leader, Sam Rayburn of Texas, educated him. “It has something to do with something that is called marihuana,” Rayburn said. “I believe it is a narcotic of some kind.”Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 3.55.00 PM

That exchange…

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