As part of The Heritage Foundation’s ongoing series of programs addressing drugs and drug policy in America, authors William J. Bennett and Robert A. White join us to examine the societal and scientific arguments against the legalization of marijuana. Once considered worthy of condemnation, marijuana has in recent years become a "medicine," legalized fully in four states, with others expected to follow. But the dangers are clear. According to Bennett and White's research, more Americans are admitted to treatment facilities for marijuana use than for any other illegal drug. Studies have also shown a link between marijuana use and abnormal brain structure and development. In their new book, Going to Pot, Bennett and White warn against jumping on the legalization bandwagon until fully examining all the facts.
William J. Bennett is the former Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President George H.W. Bush; he is also the former head of the National Endowment for the Humanities and former U.S. Secretary of Education. Robert A. White is the Managing Partner of the New Jersey offices of a large international law firm, and former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey.
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William J. Bennett
Robert A. White
Charles "Cully" Stimson
Manager, National Security Law Program and Senior Legal Fellow