Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Sunday, November 19, 2006

LEAP: Milton Friedman, Obit


Milton Friedman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist who advocated an unfettered free market and had the ear of three U.S. presidents, died Thursday at age 94.
A member of LEAP, Milton Friedman was a pioneer of the anti-drug war movement who tirelessly advocated for an end to the "War on Drugs" throughout his life. As recently as 2005, Friedman led a list of more than 500 economists who publicly endorsed Harvard University **economist's report on the costs of marijuana prohibition and the potential revenue gains from the U.S. government instead legalizing it and taxing its sale. "I've long been in favor of legalizing all drugs," he said, but not because of the standard libertarian arguments for unrestricted personal freedom. "Look at the factual consequences: The harm done and the corruption created by these laws...the costs are one of the lesser evils."
Can any policy, however high-minded, be moral if it leads to widespread corruption, imprisons so many, has so racist an effect, destroys our inner cities, wreaks havoc on misguided and vulnerable individuals, and brings death and destruction to foreign countries?
** Prof Jeffery Miron, friend of Clifford Wallace Thortnon Jr. who also toured New Zealand prior to the LEAP tour (Apr 2004)
Blair Anderson
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