This was written by a registered Libertarian who opposed Arizona’s Proposition 203, medical marina:

I’m a Libertarian who will be voting against Prop 203, which in my opinion does nothing more than further entrench state control of drug policy. How would 19th-century Abolitionists have viewed a law that empowered local mayors to determine the legality of slavery? Apart from the philisophical, there are several practical reasons for thinking Libertarian Party loyalists to oppose Prop 203:

1. It is a fraud and a scam, written in a dishonest way to mislead voters. Arizona’s medical marijuana advocates even hide behind so-called “libertarian” ideas to woo voters. If you want to legalize drugs, say so. Don’t make my political party and the medical community complicit in electoral trickery designed to pass poorly-written, deceptive legislation.

2. Ironically, and what’s lost on med-pot advocates, prop 203 would give law enforcement more reasons to crack down on recreational users of the drug, to drive home the point that 203 is not about legalization.

3. States with similar laws have witnessed more problems with addiction, driving-related accidents, and circumvention of the system by drug dealers and children.

Principled Libertarians often make principled arguments for limited legalization of certain drugs. Prop 203’s advocates, however, are neither principled nor practical. Its proponents twist the truth to achieve their ends, a method which is neither Libertarian nor American.


Here’s a second libertarian complaint:

Prop 203 gives drug users special privileges the rest of us don’t have. If they show up for work high, they can’t be sent home or fired unless the employer can prove impairment. Alcohol users don’t get that protection. Show up for work with alcohol on your breath and you’re lucky to keep your job.

Under 203, pot-smokers can’t be prosecuted for DUI just for marijuana in the blood stream and there is no definition of legal levels. It will be very  hard to prosecute marijuana DUIs.

Criminals on probation or parole can run out and get a marijuana card, and then can’t be ordered to stay clean and sober.

This law gives marijuana users special privileges and protections the rest of us don’t get. I think people should be free to do what they want, but they also have to accept consequences if they do something wrong. And this law protects pot-smokers from consequences.