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    New York Times calls for marijuana legalization

    Washington (AFP) - The New York Times called for the legalization of marijuana, in a bold editorial comparing the federal ban on cannabis to Prohibition.

    The prestigious publication said pot laws disproportionately impact young black men and that addiction and dependence are "relatively minor problems" -- especially when compared with alcohol and tobacco.

    "It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished," the newspaper said.

    "It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol. The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana."

    Noting that the editorial board reached its conclusion after much discussion, The Times described the social costs of marijuana laws as "vast."

    http://news.yahoo.com/york-times-cal...005840456.html

    This is a no brainer of course. Note that the comments that follow the article are nearly 100% in favor of legalization.

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    Re: New York Times calls for marijuana legalization

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob0627 View Post
    New York Times calls for marijuana legalization

    This is a no brainer of course..
    Proponents and users of marijuana often can described as such, can't they?

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    Re: New York Times calls for marijuana legalization

    Quote Originally Posted by a351 View Post
    Proponents and users of marijuana often can described as such, can't they?
    Only when and if they're under the influence, but that's also true of proponents and users of alcohol.

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    Re: New York Times calls for marijuana legalization

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob0627 View Post
    Washington (AFP) - The New York Times called for the legalization of marijuana, in a bold editorial comparing the federal ban on cannabis to Prohibition.

    The prestigious publication said pot laws disproportionately impact young black men and that addiction and dependence are "relatively minor problems" -- especially when compared with alcohol and tobacco.

    "It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished," the newspaper said.

    "It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol. The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana."

    Noting that the editorial board reached its conclusion after much discussion, The Times described the social costs of marijuana laws as "vast."

    New York Times calls for marijuana legalization

    This is a no brainer of course. Note that the comments that follow the article are nearly 100% in favor of legalization.
    It is now at least 30 years ago that we have know for certain that it was worse than futile to criminalize drugs use and distribution. So what do I say? It is about time.

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    Re: New York Times calls for marijuana legalization

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob0627 View Post
    Washington (AFP) - The New York Times called for the legalization of marijuana, in a bold editorial comparing the federal ban on cannabis to Prohibition.

    The prestigious publication said pot laws disproportionately impact young black men and that addiction and dependence are "relatively minor problems" -- especially when compared with alcohol and tobacco.

    "It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished," the newspaper said.

    "It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol. The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana."

    Noting that the editorial board reached its conclusion after much discussion, The Times described the social costs of marijuana laws as "vast."

    New York Times calls for marijuana legalization

    This is a no brainer of course. Note that the comments that follow the article are nearly 100% in favor of legalization.
    There's nothing wrong with the legalization of that substance.

    Anyone of legal age can walk in to a State Liquor Store and purchase a bottle that could possibly place them in to a funeral home in one night. The most that can happen with pot is that the Burger King people will kick you out of the restaurant because they're getting ready to close.

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    Re: New York Times calls for marijuana legalization

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob0627 View Post
    Washington (AFP) - The New York Times called for the legalization of marijuana, in a bold editorial comparing the federal ban on cannabis to Prohibition.

    The prestigious publication said pot laws disproportionately impact young black men and that addiction and dependence are "relatively minor problems" -- especially when compared with alcohol and tobacco.

    "It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished," the newspaper said.

    "It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol. The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana."

    Noting that the editorial board reached its conclusion after much discussion, The Times described the social costs of marijuana laws as "vast."

    New York Times calls for marijuana legalization

    This is a no brainer of course. Note that the comments that follow the article are nearly 100% in favor of legalization.
    I wonder what "lobby names" the drug cartels are hiding under . . .
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    Re: New York Times calls for marijuana legalization

    I think that as a nation we have decided that illegal pot is more harmful to our country than pot itself.

    We're spending a great deal of money and harming Americans over pot, but we're getting so little back in return for our efforts.
    What's more pot has become more prevalent during its prohibition.

    So not only are our efforts more harmful than pot itself, our efforts are in vain as well.

    Not really sure what the sound argument for maintaining pot prohibition is.
    I may be wrong.

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    Re: New York Times calls for marijuana legalization

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I wonder what "lobby names" the drug cartels are hiding under . . .
    Drug cartels are opposed to legalization, it would destroy their monopoly.

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    Re: New York Times calls for marijuana legalization

    I can't wait for it to be legal so we can stop talking about it. There is nothing in the country more unnecessary to talk about than pot, and it's illegality is the only interesting point about it.

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    Re: New York Times calls for marijuana legalization

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob0627 View Post
    Drug cartels are opposed to legalization, it would destroy their monopoly.
    I know that, Bob. That's what I was referring to.
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