Can We Have Pot and Welfare?

This perennial burner came up yet again in Mr. Bildo’s thread about a marijuana initiative in Washington. The question seems to be often raised on Ricochet yet rarely answered: can we legalize risky recreational activities (such as gambling, marijuana, motorcycle riding without helmets, etc.) when we have the safety nets of welfare and Medicaid, or will the moral hazard bankrupt the state? So let’s have at it.

Here is my take. Most people know how to act responsibly, and those who don’t …

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