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The case for decriminalizing marijuana in Minnesota — and what it means to do so


December 14, 2018

Is it time to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Minnesota? The answer may be yes, but when and how it is done in Minnesota is a critical issue.

In many ways, the time is more than ripe. Twenty-five years ago I was among the first to argue for decriminalization of drug use. In "Rethinking Drug Criminalization Policies" (Texas Tech Law Review, 1993). I argued that the then-three-decade-long war on drugs had failed miserably and that it was time to shift away from a drug policy that criminalizes its use to one that treats it as a public health problem.

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