Racially Motivated Policy

On the Dangers of Racially Motivated Public Policy

In his book Chasing the Scream, Johann Hari writes about Harry Anslinger, the Nation's first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. Anslinger was a staunch anti-drug crusader, but he also held deeply racist views which came to influence his opinions about drug use and national policy related to specific drugs. In many ways, it … Continue reading On the Dangers of Racially Motivated Public Policy

The Cost of Marijuana Prohibition

The Cost of Marijuana Prohibition

"Tremendous sums of money are spent on enforcing federal and state marijuana laws every year," writes John Hudak in his book Marijuana: A Short History, "A 2010 study by Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron puts that total cost at around $14 billion annually for federal and local law enforcement, judicial, and correctional costs."   A common … Continue reading The Cost of Marijuana Prohibition

Racial Disparities in Marijuana Arrests

Racial Disparities in Marijuana Arrests

In my last post I wrote about nationwide trends toward Marijuana legalization. I live in Nevada, and marijuana has been legal for the last few years. My last post linked to a biennial financial report prepared by the Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau's Fiscal Division. The money states can make is a big driver of the … Continue reading Racial Disparities in Marijuana Arrests

The Surprising History of Marijuana in America

The Surprising History of Marijuana in America

In some ways it is impossible to look at history without applying our own lenses and filters from the modern day world. We assume that aspects of our lives today are shared with all humans from the past, but often, and in many surprising instances, this is not the case. John Hudak's book Marijuana: A … Continue reading The Surprising History of Marijuana in America

Black markets and Marijuana

A Thought About Black Markets

A line from John Hudak's book Marijuana: A Short History¬†is worth thinking about if we are someone who frequently thinks about public policy. Hudak writes, "The black market just has to deliver marijuana; the legal market must meet consumer demand."¬†   Hudak's line comes from an early paragraph in his book where he discusses historical … Continue reading A Thought About Black Markets