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Commentary

With marijuana a top public policy issue, we sought the opinions and insights of public officials, thought leaders, legal and medical experts, players pro and con in the great debate and, of course, CNBC reporters and contributors.

  • Legalizing Marijuana Not Worth the Costs Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010 | 12:01 AM ET

    Even with the U.S. economy struggling, we should not buy into the argument that vices should be legalized, taxed and regulated—no matter how much revenue we think it may generate. Significant cost burdens come with increased marijuana use.

  • My feelings concerning the use of marijuana as a recreational drug have gone back and forth over the years. We should examine the question of legalization with a new national commission.

  • The current approach skews the priorities of law enforcement to the detriment of the public. It keeps our prisons full to bursting at great expense and endangers the public by letting out the real criminals to make room for non-violent drug offenders.

  • Using Marijuana Will Remain A Bad Career Move Monday, 19 Apr 2010 | 5:15 PM ET

    Using Marijuana Will Remain A Bad Career Move

  • My 'Addiction' To Fighting Drugs Monday, 19 Apr 2010 | 5:26 PM ET

    My 'Addiction' To Fighting Drugs

  • Using Marijuana Will Remain A Bad Career Move Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010 | 12:00 AM ET

    Using Marijuana Will Remain A Bad Career Move

  • My 'Addiction' To Fighting Drugs Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010 | 12:01 AM ET

    Veteran anti-drug activist and Drug Free kids founder, Joyce Nalepka talks about her four-decade battle with the drug industry in and out of court and her work with Nancy Reagan.

  • Marijuana Is Addictive, Destructive And Dangerous Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010 | 12:03 AM ET

    Marijuana Is Addictive, Destructive And Dangerous

  • Legalizing Marijuana: An Issue That Just Won't Go Away Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010 | 12:01 AM ET

    Various constituencies within the American Bar Association have discussed following the lead of one county bar association in Washington state, whose position is states should have authority over marijuana law.

  • We learned a valuable lesson with alcohol prohibition in this country. Prohibition created black markets and violence as gangs fought to control the market. The same thing is true today.

  • Rhode Island’s Drive for Sensible Marijuana Laws
    By: Sen. Josh Miller (D-Cranston)
    Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010 | 12:01 AM ET

    One senator discusses the evolution of the state's thinking, from medical marijuana to decriminalization to even limited tax-and-regulate legalization.

  • Why Sports Teams Worry About Marijuana Use Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010 | 12:00 AM ET

    Unlike performance-enhancing drugs, marijuana really doesn't have any benefits. By many accounts, it inhibits performance, impairs memory, hurts coordination and could affect the heart rate.

  • My decades in addiction medicine have taught me that keeping marijuana illegal has not decreased access to youth but in fact increased it. It is easier for under-age youth to get marijuana for that it is alcohol and cigarettes where at least you have to show an ID.

  • It’s a myth that cops, supposedly reflecting the will of an increasingly enlightened society, are no longer enforcing pot laws, or doing so only half-heartedly. Legalization will free police officers to concentrate on crimes that inflict the deepest fear, pain and loss.

  • When the beneficiaries of the status quo—both prohibitionists and contrabandists—join together to actively oppose long sought alternatives to America’s expensive, unsuccessful, anti-free market and Constitution-warping Cannabis Prohibition, then it is clear that change is upon us.

  • If Pot Is Legal, Why Aren't California Dealers Happy? Monday, 19 Apr 2010 | 12:13 PM ET

    Players in the Emerald-Triangle marijuana business worry that passage of a state-ballot initiative in November will cause a collapse in the price of pot, the core of the local economy.

  • Why We Should Not Legalize Marijuana Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010 | 12:02 AM ET

    Why We Should Not Legalize Marijuana