Thursday, June 02, 2005

Legalize It! Indeed!

I agree with Milton Friedman on this one:

At 92, Friedman is revered as one of the great champions of free-market capitalism during the years of U.S. rivalry with Communism. He is also passionate about the need to legalize marijuana, among other drugs, for both financial and moral reasons.

"There is no logical basis for the prohibition of marijuana," the economist says, "$7.7 billion is a lot of money, but that is one of the lesser evils. Our failure to successfully enforce these laws is responsible for the deaths of thousands of people in Colombia. I haven't even included the harm to young people. It's absolutely disgraceful to think of picking up a 22-year-old for smoking pot. More disgraceful is the denial of marijuana for medical purposes."

Blocking the medical applications of marijuana strikes me as insane troll logic. Counterproductive as all hell.

It's an even better idea if it will stop the idiots from bloviating endlessly about the dangers of marijuana. Bill O'Reilly I mean you.

Hat tip: Ed Driscoll

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