The News’ editorial Lobbying for pot, Feb. 21 is correct. Legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana would also go toward safeguarding youth and communities while kick-starting an economic boon. It could enhance the targeting of cross-border trafficking while providing an opportunity for unhindered research, unbiased education and a comprehensive harm reduction program.
Legalization, regulation and taxation is only part of the solution. A comprehensive yet radical approach must include a sensible national drug strategy. What, indeed, are politicians consuming to make inaction seem like the right decision?