Leave it to Don Frankenfeld, Rapid City's own famous forensic economist to cut the whole medical and recreational marijuana issue to dollars and sense.
In Saturday's dead tree version of the Rapid City Journal (Page A7), Mr. Frankenfeld outlines excellent reasons for immediately legalizing, taxing and regulating medical marijuana and for researching the economic benefits of legalizing recreational Maryjane.
Mr. Frankenfeld's research indicates that jailing South Dakota's 3,666 marijuana criminals is costing every South Dakota taxpayer $300 annually.
The War on Drugs is lost. Frankenfeld's local analysis demonstrates that South Dakota's war is similar to the war that respected conservatives like William F. Buckley, Jr., Milton Friedman and Reagan's own George Shultz declared lost long ago.