Free-Market Marijuana

By and large, marijuana legalization represents progress, argues writer Annie Lowrey. It’s well documented that prohibition has a tremendous fiscal cost, not to …


  1. Ok how is this going to work? You cant drive on it or go into public high? How can cops check if someone is driving on it. I think it would be fine if you stayed in your home and did it. I remember in the 90s everyone did it and it was fine.

  2. Wow Anne Lowrey, this video is only now coming out months after your article? Did you rush production of this video to coincide with the minor media frenzy over Alex Berenson's anti-pot book? By the way, is your issue with pot more personal than you are letting on? Did you start abusing pot in liberal DC and had problems quitting? If so, don't you think a personal confession essay detailing your problematic use would be more interesting than this anodyne screed or would that be too embarrassing in your social circle? Anyway society is going to converge on a way to optimally use pot over the coming years as the novelty wears off but we'd get there quicker if people with an audience are honest about the problems they encountered with the substance.

  3. I don't know. This looks like a bold, grand lie by the few in power to keep the industry in control for themselves, profit off it and not let people use and sell it freely.

    Calling it free-market while looking to destroy it with restrictions.
    If they cared so much about our health they would have perma-banned alcohol and tobacco.
    These sweet little lies have gone on for far too long and we're not stupid anymore to be manipulated. Nope.

  4. Public health problem has been the machine putting human cells into food, vaccines that paralyze our children, promoting alcoholism and more! Alcohol is no longer the main destroyer of families its Big Pharma opiate drugs! You are the reason the old system is passing away. The old ideas wont fly, try palliative approach, try understanding the medicinal value of the 7 plants that have CBD. Cannabis for medical and recreation is for the millions who dont believe the pharma or mental health industry. This video is from a source backing the situation with the government shutdown too! These are some of the reasons for the state of affairs in our country by and large! If you dont get approval for your ideas – you have a tantrum and make up lies. Truth and HOPE will Always float – turds sink to the bottom feeders!

  5. Taxing it to reduce the number of chronic users? That's completely laughable, as we've already utilized the black market for years. You'll simply drive us back to it. The cigarette tax strategy will fall flat if attempted with cannabis.

  6. Here in California there are pesticide standards in farming standards that compliant farmers do you have to adhere to. As well as safety testing and also potency testing. you should check your facts

  7. I smoked for 25yrs everyday,never had any type of withdrawal. I also owned a successful business for almost 30 years. Never had a problem no addiction. I think doctors in the west do you not want to see this go forward because it affects their drug business including pharmaceutical companies.

  8. Your video didn’t talk about all the people dying from the drug cartel wars. Beheadings, mass grave sites, refugees, narco states. That seems to be the most important part of the conversation, and it’s not even mentioned, also why legalization is the answer. Take away their monetary power.

  9. After twenty plus years of use, I have never had an accident. My cognition is spot on, BMW/other tech by trade, never more sharp. My health is better than all except athlete's. The only danger of cannabis is that law enforcement will shoot, arrest, and jail you, while taking everything you own,, for growing your own medicine, from a weed, in your own house.
    This country is far less free than most realize,, ed.

  10. “Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man."
    ― Francis Young – DEA Judge – 1988

    "The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world."
    – Dr. Carl Sagan (American Cosmologist, Astrobilologist, author & science communicator)

    "Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself; and where they are, they should be changed. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against possession of marijuana in private for personal use…”
    – Jimmy Carter (U.S.President)

    “Congress should definitely consider decriminalizing possession of marijuana…We should concentrate on prosecuting the rapists and burglars who are a menace to society.”
    -Dan Quayle (U.S. Representative & Vice President)

    "Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could."
    “The anti-marijuana campaign is a cancerous tissue of lies, undermining law enforcement, aggravating the drug problem, depriving the sick of needed help and suckering well intentioned conservatives and countless frightened parents.”
    – William F. Buckley Jr. (American conservative author and commentator)

    “You bet I did -— and I enjoyed it.” ….when asked if he had ever smoked marijuana.
    – Michael Bloomberg (New York City Mayor)

    "Studies have consistently failed to establish the existence of a link between the harshness of a country’s drug laws and its levels of drug use."
    -Kofi Annan (U.N. Secretary General)

    "Pot is a better drug than alcohol. I'll prove it to you. You're at a ball game or a concert, and someone's really violent and aggressive and obnoxious, are they drunk or are they smoking pot?"
    “Why is pot against the law? It wouldn't be because anyone can grow it, and therefore you can't make a profit off it, would it?”
    “…It grows naturally upon our planet. Doesn’t the idea of making nature against the law seem to you a bit…unnatural?”
    -Bill Hicks (Satirist, Social Critic, Stand-Up Comedian)

    "If the words "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" don't include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn't worth the hemp it was written on."
    Terence McKenna (American ethnobotanist, author, advocate for responsible use of natural psychedelic plants)

  11. Easy. We legalize it and use the money to pay for veterans,schools, and drug rehabilitation programs for citizens. Get these folks with non violent drug offences out of jail and get them back working again.

  12. The government could run marijuana stores??? No freakin' way, as a centrist Democrat, I think it would be much better for private businesses to sell weed rather than the goddamn government. Weed will cause the new "gold rush" and it'd be much more profitable if it was left to private businesses rather than the government, creating more jobs and increase economic growth. I don't really mind some regulations but the government should be out of it mostly. Wow, I'm really disappointed that the Atlantic proposed such a socialist idea.

  13. This is capitalist propaganda and I am surprised The Atlantic would post this anti-free market. The MILLIONS I PAY IN TAXES ISN'T ENOUGH. I paid just under 4 million last year, oh but, the government needs more. Cause I didn't fight the government to get the right to grow. Yeah, let us just let the government throw us in jail and then 10 years later take our fucking jobs that we fought them to have!!!!!!! Yeah, Nice ONE! Great point of view guys. Never mind the fact that violent crime is down in almost all states where it is legal. Addiction is a problem with anything…..does that mean the government should own the bars?????? How can you guys be so short sided as to put this on America's invisible Pot addicts when it needs to be on America's addiction period. I don't see oxycotin paying for infrastructure and schools. I don't see anything else keeping people off heroin and pain pills. Please don't be fox news and just show a one-sided story cause the pot industry does more for America than the federal government.

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