So what do you get when you take some paternalistic self-appointed academic policy wonks who write a book with good facts and flawed analyses and get them together with the Los Angeles Times?
Sing along with me: Reefer Madness…. Reefer Madness…
â€œLegalization is unprecedented â€“ not even the Netherlands has done it â€“ it is entirely possible it will happen this year,â€ said Jonathan Caulkins, co-author of “Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know.”
â€œThe effects will be enormous,â€ said Caulkins, a professor at Carnegie Mellon, during an event at the American Enterprise Institute. […]
Mark Kleiman, a professor of public policy at UCLA, said his advice to federal officials would be â€œto sit down with the governor of the state and say, 'Look, we can make your life completely miserable — and we will – unless you figure out a way to avoid the exports.â€
I stand by my compliments for the good stuff they included in their book, but, my God, they're a bunch of whiny know-it-all chicken-little idiots without a clue when it comes down to actually doing something about a clearly failed and destructive policy. Their desire to be “fair minded” turns them into nothing more than prohibition enablers.
Update: Mason Tvert responds:
“It’s surprising and disappointing to hear academics make such bold claims without a shred of evidence to substantiate them,” Tvert said to The Huffington Post via e-mail. “It is especially disappointing since people truly respect RAND as a research organization. Unless they retract these assertions, you will undoubtedly see our opponents citing this fanciful and baseless speculation as ‘fact’ in the future. Fortunately, RAND has shown a willingness to retract marijuana-related research, as they did when law enforcement complained about their research showing that medical marijuana dispensaries did not lead to increases in crime.”