David Frum’s “Bad Parent” Argument Against Marijuana Legalization

By: Tuesday January 8, 2013 12:35 pm

If Frum actually thinks the threat of legal action is an effective parenting tool on this issue, the current marijuana legalization efforts won’t change that. I have yet to meet any serious reform activist pushing for legalization without any age limits. For example, both the new Colorado and Washington State laws set the age limit for marijuana use at 21. Marijuana would still be illegal for his kids. If Frum really thinks this tactic works, he can still tell his children not to use marijuana because doing so would be illegal for them.


FDL Movie Night: “The House I Live In”

By: Monday October 8, 2012 5:00 pm

Eugene Jarecki’s powerful documentary The House I Live In, which won the Sundance Film Festival Grand Prize, traces the roots of the War on Drugs and lays out the inequalities in drug enforcement, mandatory sentencing, and the prison system, while also explaining the economic realities that create both drug problems and a rise in incarceration. Using his relationship with his family’s longtime caregiver, Nannie Jeter (Nannie is her given name, not her title in the household) and her family as a stepping off point, Jarecki explores the failure of America’s drug policy.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Martin A. Lee, Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational and Scientific

By: Saturday September 1, 2012 1:59 pm

Martin A. Lee’s latest book, Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical Recreational and Scientific reflects his skills as a researcher, especially in the historical sections and his analysis of scientific and medical research. The copy is dense and packed with detail, frequently footnoted for those readers who may be skeptical of his scientific claims. If most Americans would take the time to read this book, it would certainly put the topic of legalizing marijuana in some helpful historical context, and it might help convince those who oppose marijuana legalization that they should reconsider their opposition.

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