A Truce On Drugs?

A Truce On Drugs?

Moves by Colorado and Washington to decriminalize marijuana possession raise lots of questions. We consider American's use and abuse of illegal substances and how it effects the country at home and abroad.

Last month residents of two states -- Washington and Colorado -- voted to decriminalize possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. The new laws put the states at odds with the federal government and raise questions about whether, or how, the Obama administration will react. The new approach is also bringing conversations about the broader "war on drugs" back to the fore. We consider American's changing attitudes towards illegal substances, and how the new state laws are affecting the country at home and abroad.

Guests

Benjamin Wallace-Wells

Contributing Editor, New York Magazine and Rolling Stone

Peter Reuter

Senior Economist, Rand Corporation; Professor of Public Policy and Criminology, University of Maryland

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