Sullum argues for the repeal drug prohibition and discusses the misperceptions regarding drug use and addiction.
Jacob Sullum is a senior editor at Reason magazine and Reason.com and is a nationally syndicated columnist.
In this lecture from a Libertarian Party of California event in 2000, Sullum goes beyond utilitarian arguments for repealing drug prohibition, saying that the nature of the act itself — using chemicals to alter one’s mental state — does not justify prohibition.
Sullum notes that Americans use other chemical stimulants — alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, and a veritable panoply of other legal substances — to similar ends every day. He also points out that most Americans’ perception of drug addiction is misguided; according to many different sources (including the Drug Enforcement Administration itself) the overwhelming majority of recreational drug users are not addicts.