I like the cut of Nicholas Kristof’s jib. When he’s not covering the power of microfinance in improving the lives of the poor, or writing books about the tragically wasted potential we could recapture by empowering women, he offers sensible economic solutions to domestic issues. In his latest opinion piece, End the War on Pot, he recommends that California voters legalize marijuana in the state as a step towards legalizing it nationwide.

Mr. Kristof eloquently makes his argument, so I will refrain from adding too much commentary here. The one point that I would like to underscore is the estimation by a Harvard economist that legalization and taxation of pot would, in effect, add more than $17 billion to our nation’s coffers. And, need I add, make the country that much more, ahem, “groovy”?