observationalist wrote:On a sidenote, I'm in a short course this week on drug law and policy and I don't even mind being in class until 9pm... fascinating stuff on prohibition versus the regulation-and-control scheme we might see in the next decade or so. Definitely did not previously think about public choice theory applying to prisons (wanting to keep pot illegal primarily so that they won't run out of prisoners and have to close.)
Do they let you sample any of the drugs? Then I'm in!
haha, no but the professor served popcorn and sodas the other night and is ordering pizza for tomorrow's class since we have to come in on Saturday. I could easily see this class having a different vibe post-decriminalization of marijuana, say near the end of Obama's second administration. Until then, this is still a law school and students presumably are obeying the law. And actually class this afternoon conflicts with the usual free beer on Fridays, which thankfully didn't get cut out of the budget this year. Oddly enough taking drug law reduces drug (alcohol) use.
Still hung up on the prisons maintaining prohibition in order to keep themselves full/keep getting funded. We haven't dug too deeply into that but if we have the option I want to make that the focus of my take-home exam. This afternoon we're examining Robert MacCoun and Peter Reuter's update on evaluating alternative cannabis regimes.