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Tom Campbell and Marijuana

Tom Campbell Tom's mentor, Milton Friedman

Currently, no mainstream candidate for Governor of California in 2010 supports legalizing marijuana.[*] However, Tom Campbell may be the first to change his mind.

Tom is extremely smart. He was a professor at Stanford Law School and Dean of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. When Tom was a doctoral student at the University of Chicago, his thesis supervisor was Professor Milton Friedman, who won the Nobel prize for economics in 1976.

Milton Friedman was one of the most brilliant economists of the 20th century and a strong believer in freedom and individual liberty. He was an outspoken critic of the war on drugs, calling it America's worst policy mistake.

Tom recently wrote on his blog (July 31, 2009) about his close relationship with Milton Friedman, praising his former teacher as a champion of freedom and individual liberty. Tom is running his campaign on these core values as well the on the principle of smaller government.

To his credit, Tom has been a long time supporter of medical marijuana. However, Tom opposes legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use. Tom's position that marijuana should remain illegal stands in direct contradiction to his core values of freedom, individual liberty, and smaller government. Marijuana prohibition leads to less freedom, less individual liberty, and bigger government. Milton Friedman, Tom's mentor, would be appalled.

Write to Tom Campbell and ask him what freedom and individual liberty mean to him when it comes to marijuana prohibition. Which does Tom Campbell value more: marijuana prohibition or individual liberty? What does Tom Campbell understand about the war on marijuana that his brilliant teacher, Milton Friedman, was never able to grasp?