Bruce Cheadle harshes the buzz on legalizing marijuana.
Among the questions policy-makers must ask: What sort of branding, if any, and packaging would be permitted? What would the age limit be for consumption? Who would be permitted to grow marijuana, and in what quantities? Would only licensed growers be allowed to produce pot? What would be the distribution point, public or private enterprise? Would there be volume limits on individual purchases, unlike alcohol and tobacco? A tax rate would be required that is high enough to discourage consumption but low enough to deter the black market from undercutting legal sales — a balancing act tobacco regulators continue to juggle. How would Canada manage crucial border issues with a prohibitionist United States?