John M. Becker

New York Times to Feds: Repeal Ban on Marijuana

Filed By John M. Becker | July 28, 2014 10:00 AM | comments

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Tags: editorial, legalized marijuana, marijuana, marijuana legalization, New York Times, op-ed, pot

"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...

"Creating systems for regulating manufacture, sale and marketing will be complex. But those problems are solvable, and would have long been dealt with had we as a nation not clung to the decision to make marijuana production and use a federal crime...

"We recognize that this Congress is as unlikely to take action on marijuana as it has been on other big issues. But it is long past time to repeal this version of Prohibition."

-- The editorial board of the New York Times, calling for the federal legalization of marijuana for all Americans age 21 and over in an op-ed titled "Repeal Prohibition, Again."

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