This Monday at noon, I will be taking part in a Federalist Society panel on the War on Drugs at the University of Arkansas School of Law. Joining me will be University of Arkansas lawprofs Mark Killenbeck (constitutional law) and Laurent Sacharoff (criminal law).
This is a very timely event because both public and elite support for the War on Drugs is rapidly eroding. Public support for marijuana legalization recently broke 50% for the first time, and a variety of groups such as the NAACP, the Global Commission on Drug Policy, and a prominent British panel have called for an end to the War on Drugs this year. Although the Obama administration has so far failed to take advantage of it, there is now much broader political support for at least scaling back the War on Drugs than ever before.