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Sun Jul 27, 2014, 08:21 AM

The New York Times calls for a second end to prohibition.

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. 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.

We reached that conclusion after a great deal of discussion among the members of The Times’s Editorial Board, inspired by a rapidly growing movement among the states to reform marijuana laws.

There are no perfect answers to people’s legitimate concerns about marijuana use. But neither are there such answers about tobacco or alcohol, and we believe that on every level — health effects, the impact on society and law-and-order issues — the balance falls squarely on the side of national legalization. That will put decisions on whether to allow recreational or medicinal production and use where it belongs — at the state level.


the rest (quite a spread NYT):
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/07/27/opinion/sunday/high-time-marijuana-legalization.html?_r=0

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Jul 27, 2014, 08:27 AM

1. Wow.. Thanks NYT for telling it like it is, this is a bif f'ing deal! nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Jul 27, 2014, 09:35 AM

2. K & R for NYT

 

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Jul 27, 2014, 09:51 AM

3. ...and it only took them DECADES to get it right

....better late than never, I guess.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Jul 27, 2014, 10:13 AM

4. K&R!!! Shedding light on this absolutely stupid and ignorant prohibition! All of the crime,

punishment, deaths, black markets, lives ruined and all of the rest makes us look like a really stupid country, and, it has destroyed the same in other countries. Damn, the US REALLY needs to wake the fuck up!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Jul 27, 2014, 10:23 AM

5. K&R, although I disagree that it should be a state level issue

until and unless we stop privatizing prisons and making criminalization profitable.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Jul 27, 2014, 10:33 AM

6. Why didn't they call for the DEA to reschedule marijuana?

 

As a first, immediate step?

Is it because that would put pressure on the President?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Jul 27, 2014, 10:53 AM

7. K&R....

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Jul 27, 2014, 10:53 AM

8. It would bring me a step closer to getting a pain medicine that works much better than

what the doctors have me on for my painful nerve disease! The now want to implant a pump in my body to release medication constantly in my spine. I already have a neural stimulator implanted and wired in my spine. Please pass this shit, I am tired of hurting and taking piss tests like a criminal probationer every time it see the doctor!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Jul 27, 2014, 11:04 AM

9. K&R

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Jul 27, 2014, 11:12 AM

10. I always thought pot was illegal because the cigarette industry thought it would be competition.

I have never tried it, but I might ask, is it as good as a plain ol' brewski, ......preferably Heineken? (It's a lady's beer )

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Jul 27, 2014, 11:22 AM

11. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread, kpete.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Jul 27, 2014, 11:41 AM

12. It was laughed off by the Republicans cast on Meet The Press.

Because I guess sick people going to jail is such a knee slapper.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Jul 27, 2014, 01:51 PM

13. Yay NYT! NT

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