As a former criminal defense attorney, federal prosecutor and judge, I have seen first hand that the policy of drug prohibition does not work, and never will.
As a former criminal defense attorney in the Navy, federal prosecutor and trial court judge, I have seen first hand that the policy of drug prohibition does not work, and never will. All prohibition does is fill our prisons and provide untold amounts of money to some really bad people.
Today cannabis is the largest cash crop in California; number two is grapes. Wouldn't it be more effective to regulate and control cannabis just like wine? That would take away lots of money from juvenile street gangs, Mexican drug cartels and other thugs, and instead put it to use to pay our firefighters and teachers, and fix our highways.
Jim Gray has a 29-year career within the legal and judicial community and is the author of Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed.