WHAT IF MARIJUANA WERE
TREATED LIKE ALCOHOL?
There are major variations in how alcohol is regulated in the United States, and even larger differences internationally. Yet in most parts of the United States, the following rules apply to alcohol; they might be thought of as constituting the “alcohol model” for marijuana:
Private, for-profit enterprise may participate in production,
distribution, and sale.
Commercial activities are subject to normal business
Commercial activities are subject to additional, substance-
Commercial producers and sellers need special licenses that
can be revoked for violations of those regulations.
The substance-specific regulations are designed to manage
the market, not to minimize intoxication (other than
behind the wheel or on the job).
There are restrictions on who may use, when and where
they use, and what they may do under the influence, but
for the most part, any adult not visibly under the influence
can buy in unlimited quantities.
This might also be called “legalization with commercialization” to distinguish it from “noncommercial legalization” via