Californian proposition 19, the Marijuana Legalization Initiative, will be voted on this coming Tuesday. The polls suggest that a narrow majority oppose the initiative but the outcome will depend on who turns out to vote on the day. None the less I’m very encouraged that this initiative is on the ballot in California.
The best reason against cannabis prohibition is that it is an illiberal violation of personal freedom. However the arguments that prevailed in removing alcohol prohibition in the USA tended to be economic. And the current campaign suggest that this may be the case again with cannabis prohibition. The cost of prohibition features highly in a lot of the current rhetoric.
And rather than badge this initiative as removing government control over peoples lives, it is often badged as the exact opposite.
It seems that perhaps government control and increased government revenue sells better than notions of liberty.