Innocent people are convicted of crimes that never even happened. These are worst case events that show what happens when the justice system goes completely off the rails. This is true whether a man is convicted of a low-level misdemeanor crime or a more serious felony offense.
Prohibition is a short-sighted, ineffective policy, but that's not standing in their way.
Most of us assume it's because someone, somewhere sat down with the scientific evidence, and figured out that cannabis is more harmful than other drugs we use all the time -- like alcohol and cigarettes. Not at all.
A major bipartisan political shift on numerous drug policy issues is underway that has gone largely unnoticed in the press.
Alabama has turned hundreds of pregnant women into felons for using drugs — even when they’re legal and the kids turn out
Obama took yet another giant step on the path to fair and equitable drug enforcement and treatment with his mass clemency grants and prison visit. But make no mistake, it's a step that many more must take before we'll ever attain real and lasting drug sentencing reforms in America.
Intellectual consistency has never been an attribute of American politics. Life is complicated, and voters want different things at different times. But real social progress is a function of ideas and leaders who stick by them. Where Republicans and Democrats can find compatible intellectual grounds, there are all kinds of possibilities.
Big Marijuana already exists -- it's also called the Black Market. Public concern over a large, unregulated, socially irresponsible marijuana market is, and should be, argument number one in support of marijuana's legalization.