NY Times editorial calls for a repeal of marijuana "prohibition"
Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 01:03
The New York Times backs sending federal marijuana ban up in smoke, comparing the ban on the most widely used illicit drug to the ''prohibition'' on alcohol between 1920 and 1933. Nathan Frandino reports.
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Should the federal ban on marijuana be repealed?
Yes -- says one of the largest newspapers in the country.
The New York Times published this weekend the first piece in a six-part editorial series in support of repealing the ban.
The opening editorial compared the ban on marijuana to the alcohol prohibition of the 20s and 30s, which saw the rise of criminals and crime syndicates.
In the coming days, the paper plans to lay out its argument, covering topics such as the health effects and treatment by the criminal justice system.
The first piece argues that states should decide whether to legalize pot, not the federal government.
Washington and Colorado already allow the recreational use of marijuana and many more states permit pot for medical purposes.
The series comes as polls show an increasing number of Americans who support legalizing the drug.
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