Canada could learn from Colorado and Washington on pot

Globe editorial
The Globe and Mail (Canada)
Tuesday, December 25, 2012

yes-ballot2012The decision by voters in Colorado and Washington to legalize marijuana represents a seismic shift in public attitudes. This historic reform will only add urgency to the message of a growing number of law enforcement experts, scientists and politicians: that a new approach to the failed war on drugs is desperately needed. The current punitive approach to marijuana is not effective and squanders valuable public resources that could be directed toward prevention and treatment.