Growing evidence shows that innovative approaches to drug laws are working.
In keeping with these successes, it is time to regulate and tax cannabis in the same way as alcohol. This strategy will free up law enforcement to combat more serious issues, such as illegal smuggling across our borders. It will also encourage the treatment of drug addiction as a public health issue. New Jersey is not California — and we don't want to be like them.
To avoid creating a massive drug black market, any drug approved for recreational consumption should be minimally taxed, if at all. California currently has the largest marijuana black market in the world for a reason: their heavy-handed bureacracy simply doesn't work. We should not repeat their mistakes.
In addition to these measures, we must end the practice of Civil Asset Forfeiture, which currently allows law enforcement agencies to seize private property without charges or a conviction.