Social Science and the Public Interest
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Mark A.R. Kleiman (1951-2019)
Mark Kleiman was an exemplar of incisive rationality matched with reasonableness and compassion. Kleiman published three articles in Society between 2001 and 2005. In a symposium, “Searching for Science Policy,” he presented his well-known assessment of “Science and Drug Abuse Control Policy” (Society, Vol. 38, No. 4 May/June 2001). As his obituary in The New York Times observed: “Beginning in the mid-1980s, Professor Kleiman was best known for what was then a cry in the wilderness: a thesis that wars on drugs waged on the basis of enforcement had failed; that alcohol does more harm than cannabis; and that the cost of banning marijuana altogether outweighed any of the benefits of prohibition. At the same time, he warned that complete legalization remained a high-risk gamble” (Sam Roberts, “Mark Kleiman, Who Fought to Lift Ban on Marijuana, Dies at 68”. The New York Times, July 25, 2019). It would not be too much to say that at present the “high-risk...