Prohibition hasn’t worked
Regarding “NY boosts medical marijuana access as legal pot market looms,” (Feb. 4): Bills seeking federal legalization of cannabis are normally put forth by Democrats, but a new one, the States Reform Act, has been proposed by Nancy Mace, a Republican representative from South Carolina. Her bill would have cannabis decriminalized at the federal level so each state could determine its own laws concerning cannabis within its borders — a process already underway with 18 states, starting with Washington and Colorado in 2012 after numerous states enacted medical marijuana laws as far back as 1996. Her bill shares a major theme with bills proposed by Democrats, which is releasing an estimated 2,600 nonviolent cannabis offenders from federal prison and expunging their criminal records because enforcement of cannabis prohibition laws have disproportionately affected communities of color — a fact no one disputes. I’m a Republican who favors nationwide cannabis legalization since prohibition has done nothing positive for our society. I fail to understand why more Republicans don’t favor legalization because it serves the cause of individual liberty and it simply works better than prohibition as we’ve seen with alcoholic beverages.