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Johnson on the right track

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Legalization of pot may be good common sense

By Harold Morgon

Legalize marijuana.
There! I said it! In public! Conservative me!
My rationale is simple, though imprecise. The social costs of legal marijuana, however high, would be less than the social costs of illegal marijuana. I have no fancy studies to prove the assertion. But if you look around, especially if you put Mexico in the equation, the conclusion becomes obvious.
The argument isn’t that the “war on drugs has failed.” I accept the logic, offered me 10 years ago by the Drug Enforcement Administration, that “war” is the wrong metaphor. A “war” means maximum resources are devoted to winning. We have never had a real war on drugs.
My guru here is Mary Anastasia O’Grady, who writes the “Americas” column for the Wall Street Journal. Her guru is former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso. This isn’t Gary Johnson, who ran a middling state in the United States. This is someone who ran a big country and did well.
Cardoso chairs a group of statesmen and intellectuals called the Global Commission on Drug Policy. One commissioner visits New Mexico occasionally. That’s Richard Branson, primary Spaceport tenant through his Virgin Galactic company.


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