Is Marijuana Legalization Failing?
“Searchlight casting for faults in the clouds of delusion” In a few weeks, the first two decades of the 21st century will have come and gone. For myself, and the many who’ve fought for decades to end cannabis prohibition, the milestone shift toward reform and legalization of both sides of the plant – hemp and marijuana – mark a great leap in the social progress of this new century. Yet there are some who would argue that marijuana legalization is failing. I could not disagree more. To suggest that cannabis legalization is failing is off-target and misinformed. Moreover, it presupposes that prohibition (and all of the ill-effects thereof) was a better alternative. To be sure, over the past ten years, cannabis has been legalized, regulated, commercialized, and sold in dozens upon dozens of jurisdictions around the world. Marijuana commercialization is thriving. Has the black market been completely stifled? I think it’s shortsighted to expect a black market that’s been operating for decades to lose complete market share in five years. And in fact, cartel activity related to cannabis has fallen dramatically. So is it a failure of marijuana legalization policy? I’ve met with cannabis policy leaders around the globe and can…
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