Cannabis Is Not A Culture War

Mark Kleiman’s consulting firm has been hired to “advise the Washington State Liquor Control Board on implementing Washington’s I-502 marijuana legalization law.” Kleiman explains why, in the above video, he won’t say whether or not he smokes pot:

The question about my own use or non-use of pot always comes up, and I always answer the same way, with a polite (I hope) “None of your business.” I don’t think there’s any ill will involved in asking the question: journalists simply want to “place” their sources culturally on the hippie-to-jock spectrum. But I want to resist the whole idea that drug policy should be a clash of cultural identities rather than a serious discussion of harms and benefits.