The trend toward the state-by-state legalization of marijuana in the U.S. and in countries like Uruguay will continue to be at the forefront of the debate for policy reform. While SmartDrugPolicy will assess the costs and benefits of these experiments, we aim to improve your understanding within the broader context of drug policy reform, particularly the trend favored by some Latin American countries and advocacy groups to legalize hard drugs.
Marijuana legalization will likely lead to more consumption of not just marijuana, but of hard drugs, as nearly all drug use starts with seemingly innocent marijuana. Eventually, some states may begin to consider the regulation of hard drugs. While this prospect seems remote today, the evolution of drug use over the past four decades suggests otherwise (see Drug Use & Control – A Brief History). Ultimately, SmartDrugPolicy advocates for serious drug policy reform without legalization.