New York Times Calls for Marijuana Legalization
July 28th, 2014
Policy, Top News
The New York Times recently wrote a bold editorial comparing marijuana to the Prohibition and calling on the federal government to repeal its ban on the drug.
The Op-Ed piece cites the vast social costs of marijuana, including 658,000 arrests in 2012, compared to just 256,000 for cocaine, heroin, and other drugs and falling disproportionately on young black men. On the other side of the equation, many scientists suggest that addiction and dependence represent relatively minor problems, while there could be many health benefits associated with CBDs.
Of course, there are many legitimate concerns over marijuana and its effect on adolescent brains, which prompted the New York Times to advocate for prohibition on sales to people under 21 years of age. A proper system for manufacture, sale, and marketing would also have to be established, but such systems are already in place for alcohol and tobacco, making it an easier jump than it appears.
Over the coming days, the prominent newspaper will publish additional articles by members of its Editorial Board and supplementary material to examine questions associated with legalization in more detail. While Congress is unlikely to act on marijuana in the near-term, the vote in favor of legalization by the New York Times represents yet another key step in the right direction on the part of influencers.
In November, many U.S. states will be voting on medical and recreational marijuana initiatives, including Alaska, Washington D.C., Florida, and Oregon amid unprecedented public support for legalization. Alaskan polling found that 52% of voters support legalization; Washington D.C. voters favor legalization almost 2-to-1; some 66% of Florida’s voters support medical marijuana; and, 51% of Oregonians support legalization.
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