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Drug Legalization: The Answer America Deserved From Gary Johnson

Last night, CNN hosted Governors Gary Johnson and Bill Weld in the first Libertarian Presidential Town Hall. Most questions that came from the audience allowed the two running mates to explain their views and talk about issues ranging from foreign intervention to taxes and the economy. In a Presidential election that has turned into a debate about who is better at calling each other names, and then persistently calling each other frauds, it was incredibly refreshing to witness a serious conversation about issues- regardless if I disagreed with them or not. One question really stuck out to me: Maureen Morella of West Milford, New Jersey explained that her son, when 16, did a line of heroin, which adversely affected him to the point where he remains paralyzed and his parents are 100% responsible for taking care of him. Morella asked Johnson why he believes that drug legalization would help in situations like these, to which Johnson denied advocating the legalization of drugs and pinpointed only marijuana as capable of… Keep Reading

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End The Wrong-Headed War On Drugs

The great debate on the effectiveness of the War on Drugs has emerged and caused tremendous angst to big government social conservatives. We are told by authorities that violent crime, rape, and murder will become the norm if marijuana is legalized. While libertarians question the effectiveness of spending $45,000 a year to put a non-violent drug offender behind bars for 5-20 years. That’s right. The War on Drugs requires us to pay salaries, benefits and pensions to law enforcement, the prison system, the judiciary, and myriad other personnel. It’s cheaper to send these drug offenders to Harvard. Yet libertarians are misguided if we think society will tolerate irresponsible behavior. There are two sides to freedom. One is our right to privacy, the other is personal responsibility. It is interesting to note that many conservative icons associated with morality and civic virtue have called for the decriminalization or the complete legality of smoking marijuana. They include Sarah Palin, who says, “What people do in the privacy of their own living… Keep Reading

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