Re-Legalize Marijuana and end the Failed War on Drugs

 

ISSUE

The world is catching up with the Libertarian Party, which since the 1970’s has supported re-legalizing marijuana and ending the failed war on drugs. Eight states and the District of Columbia have already re-legalized marijuana. Yet under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, the Federal government still lists marijuana in the same category as heroin and cocaine. Hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars have been spent on marijuana prohibition, to no avail. It has diverted federal law enforcement attention from preventing terrorism and local police from preventing robbery, burglary, and violent crime.

 

SOLUTION

Congress should: 

  • remove marijuana from the Contolled Substances Act of 1970, so adults can consume marijuana responsibly without fear that their life, liberty, and property will be threatened by the Federal government;

  • direct the administration not to interfere with the implementation of state initiatives that allow for the recreational or medical use of marijuana;

  • curtail the abuses of our civil liberties (pretextual traffic stops, warrantless surveillance, warrantless no-knock raids by SWAT teams, civil asset forfeiture, and coercive plea bargains) associated with the failed war on drugs;
  • repeal the federal mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug users.

Note: These proposals are based in part on policy analyses developed by the Cato Institute.