Legalizing Marijuana: An Exit Strategy from the War on Drugs

Zoë Amerigian
Council on Hemispheric Affairs
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

U.S. drug policy needs to be altered; legalization must be subject to serious debate. Legalization could eliminate illegal demand for Mexican marijuana and curb drug-related violence. Medical dangers of marijuana may be largely exaggerated. Economic costs and benefits should be balanced; legalization could reduce financial burden on the U.S.