Decriminalization: Splitting the Baby

Although decriminalization of cannabis is a step in the right direction, it is not a viable alternative to legalization.

There has been much progress in the medical community on the subject of marijuana prohibition. Today, even those physicians and medical organizations that oppose legalization generally oppose the war on marijuana. They believe that the drug should be decriminalized, reducing penalties for users and low-level dealers. Although decriminalization is a step in the right direction, it is not a viable alternative to legalization:

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