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Sat Dec 8, 2012, 12:49 AM


We've come a long way, from the daze of Reefer Madness. So come on BHO, let's do this thing.

Washington businessmen toast ‘the beginning of the end of prohibition’
As marijuana legalization became the law of the land in Washington state as of midnight, Jamen Shively rang a bell and raised a toast to what he called “the beginning of the end of prohibition.” Shively, a former Microsoft executive, joined fellow businessmen Wednesday night in celebrating both the legalization…

Nate Silver to Conan: GOP should take up drug legalization like ‘a rational political party’
In a fascinating long-form interview with late night talk show host Conan O’Brien published online Friday, New York Times pollster wiz Nate Silver said — while wearing a Cookie Monster T-shirt — that a “rational” Republican Party should take up drug legalization, among other issues, if it hopes to stay relevant. Around 22 minutes into Conan’s interview, he asked Silver what advice he would give the Republican Party going forward in 2016. Silver said that “a rational political party” would modernize its views on issues like same sex marriage, immigration and drug legalization.

“Yes, of course you’re going to shift to the center a little bit on immigration and gay marriage, which are two issues where the younger cohort feel much differently than than older voters do,” Silver said. “Right? Maybe drug legalization and a few other issues like that. That’s what a rational political party would do.”

With marijuana now legal in Washington, what’s next?
marijuana officially legalized in Washington, and Colorado set to join within the next 30 days, Americans are about to get a glimpse at what the future might look like with a radically altered drug war. But that progress also begs the question: Where does the movement to end prohibition go from here?

“I’ve been working 25 years at the tip of the spear on [changing the drug war] and it’s really frustrating that we didn’t seem to get much traction talking about civil liberties and social justice,” Vivian McPeak, executive director of Seattle’s annual Hempfest, told Raw Story. “We start talking about tax revenue and the other financial aspects and, boy, everyone starts to perk up. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter how we get there. These policies are hurting America way more than marijuana is hurting America.”

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