The map above represents the legalization of medical marijuana in 18 states and the District of Columbia - not to mention Tuesday's vote in Colorado and Washington to legalize posession of pot. With the highest incarceration rate in the world, and more than $2 trillion dedicated to fighting the "war on drugs," we continue to fill our prisons with drug offenders. Is it worth it?
Our motion is Legalize Drugs. Our For the Motion debaters are Paul Butler, a Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and Nick Gillespie, Editor-in-Chief of Reason.tv and Reason.com. Our Against the Motion debaters are Theodore Dalrymple, a Former Prison Doctor and Fellow at the Manhattan Institue. His partner is Asa Hutchinson, a Former Administrator at the Drug Enforcement Administration.