“So decriminalization is illogical,” he continued. “You can’t condone the consumption of something, and make the supply illegal. It just doesn’t make any sense. Legalization is the only rational way.”
It was an odd discussion to be having in Taiwan, where selling any quantity of marijuana means a minimum of five years in prison, and testing positive for marijuana use can put one in jail for a month. Thinking I was changing the subject, I asked Marks: After your last week here, what advice would you give visitors to Taiwan?
“First of all, to make sure they come here,” he said. “And yesterday, I spent two hours in a head shop, where you can buy everything from a bong to a grinder. There clearly is a marijuana smoking culture here. So I would mention that.”