Legalization solves problems related to the legal status of a drug, but has far less impact on the problems related to the nature of the substance itself.
Sure, the tar was gone, but as one of the other counselors put it, “that thing ain’t nothin’ but a crack pipe for nicotine.”
And yet our legal system seems designed to punish the low level offender while protecting their counterparts in business and government.
So, public health advocates maintain, the McConnell plan is really just a clever ruse to reduce support for other legislation that might actually reduce smoking and vaping.
Though recent headlines insist that vaping is almost twice as effective than alternatives, that doesn’t mean it’s especially effective.
We will have to deal with electronic smoking, which has exploded among young people even as cigarette use has declined.
From a seller’s viewpoint, no customer is more desirable than someone who is actually dependent on their product.