In their op-ed article against cannabis legalization, former drug czar William J. Bennett and Seth Leibsohn yearn for a time when fear-mongering, not facts, drove the marijuana policy debate in America. Those days are over.
But the reality is that voters’ views on pot have evolved in recent years based on both the failures of prohibition and the success of legalization and regulation.
I overall appreciate your efforts, Paul Armentano, but fear-mongering still exists as does the failed prohibition, but I’m not sourcing that from prohibitionists — but you.
Regulations are also by their nature based upon fear-mongering. Otherwise, why bother having those regulations?
Regulations are textured prohibition, and they too have failed, based upon the facts you proclaim to represent. Teens demanding alcohol and tobacco can readily get those arbitrarily legal (think abusive favoritism) products by the same failure you proclaim against prohibition.
I honestly refuse to compromise the true problem forming Cannabis Prohibition (and Certain Drug Prohibition in general), which is clearly abusive law from abusive reasoning.
Regulating cannabis does not completely address the serious risk of the war on some drugs against public safety — because legalizing cannabis deflates the hard-earned public passion needed to follow through and righteously repeal all drug laws based upon their failure not only by their intent, but also by severely harming the masses on many levels by sanctioned thuggery (solely by way — factually speaking — of the traditional political leftist and blatantly illegal redefining of the Commerce Clause around President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal).
Refusing to decouple the facts from the factually proven failure of traditional political leftism is reason abuse leading to law abuse (merely unethically restyling the actual problem to your liking).
The voters should have learned long ago that law is not the tool for addressing risk (also based upon the facts).
Education by way of the approaching Entertainment Revolution (on par with the impact of the Industrial Revolution and such) — when entertainers truly embrace the highly flexible power of the Internet to form a granular reach to fittingly texturize education for deeper and natural public consumption — is the true path for progress. Education by entertainment is factually proven to interest learners (so the Entertainment Revolution will be seriously powerful), and it also respects obligatory fundamental rights (what people hard-up over regulating this and that refuse to respect to societal deterioration).
My contribution by way of the Liberty Shield entertainment project (basically think open source entertainment) will leverage the full set of facts via the well-proven scientific method to truly address the actual problem with the only solution being scientific constitutionalism.
The ‘partial truth = whole truth’ scam needs to end, despite the obscene popularity of such rampant reason abuse these days hypocritically without any consideration of the unbearable inundation of information pollution burying society in misunderstanding against civility.