This Paul Armentano piece on AlterNet is a great overview of the public support for marijuana law reform. I don’t really want to write a post about why our drug laws need reforming because it just seems, well, obvious. Want I want to address is the discussion around it. Anyone who speaks out about marijuana reform and happens to be young is labeled a stoner and ignored. It’s assumed that they’re taking a political position that would personally benefit them, like me advocating for free tuition for redheads. However, when rich pundits and politicians call for tax cuts for the wealthy, no one bats an eye or questions their policy expertise. Why should anyone trust rich people over (assumed) pot-smokers when it comes to their opinions on policy that would affect them? The place this comparison breaks down is that the tax-cutters have a really bad argument, whereas anyone arguing for decriminalization have a really good arguments. And certainly there are more people than just pot-smokers advocating a drastic change in our drug policy. I don’t see a grassroots movement for a capital gains tax cut…

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