Shafer Commission Report on Marijuana and Drugs, issued 40 years ago, was ahead of its time

Eric Sterling
The Huffington Post (US web)
Friday, March 22, 2013

Forty years ago, the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse said in its final report: "A coherent social policy requires a fundamental alteration of social attitudes toward drug use, and a willingness to embark on new courses when previous actions have failed." Social attitudes toward marijuana use fundamentally altered since the 1970s and 1980s with substantial majorities voting last fall to legalize marijuana in Washington and Colorado, and with state legislatures passing medical marijuana and marijuana decriminalization laws almost routinely.