CJLF takes no position on proposals to legalize marijuana, although Kent and I personally opposed (and California voters defeated), Prop 19. Still, the debate rages on. Libertarian scholars like my colleague Prof. Randy Barnett at Georgetown believe that continued criminalization is a bad and very costly idea. My own view, both when I was the chief advisor to the head of the DEA, and in my career as a federal prosecutor, was that pot's relatively benign reputation is a myth, driven in part by my generation's fondness for the follies of its youth.
I too yearn for the follies of my younger days. Just not that one.
Today, MSNBC -- not the source of a lot of Puritan thinking -- puts out this article on the growing evidence of the link between smoking pot and the early onset of mental disease, specifically schizophrenia and related forms of psychosis. The study discussed in the story has its critics, but it seems to me to be sufficiently worrisome that legalizers might want to take note.
We report, you decide.