4.13.06 - POLI 145A Both constituents and policy makers...

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POLI 145A Both constituents and policy makers have ideas about cause and effect We do not evaluate our policies, in order to tweak them in case they are not working. We pay high costs because we do not know all we should about psychoactive substances National Research Council: we need to look at what were doing to see if we can change anything about this policy. It is difficult to argue public policy on the issue of drugs on the basis of science, we have tried to do that with marijuana and it hasn’t worked. Marijuana is no worse than lots of things that are legal, the consequences of the illegality cost us more than if marijuana were legal. We must be rational about drug policies Arguments that don’t stand up: Production, distribution, usage, money laundering are linked. Drug trade is like a balloon: if we virtually eliminate illegal cocoa production in Columbia, it pops up in Bolivia. If we grab drug lord X in El Paso, drug lord Y pops up in TJ. Why? We need explanations.
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