New York Times Editorializes In Favor Of Marijuana Legalization


The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana, editorializes the New York Times. The newspaper says there are “no perfect answers” to legitimate concerns about marijuana, but neither are there such answers about tobacco or alcohol It concludes that on every level , including health, the impact on society and law-and-order, “the balance falls squarely on the side of national legalization.”

The result would be putting decisions on whether to allow recreational or medicinal production and use at the state level. Retaining the federal prohibition while letting states continue to experiment would leave “citizens vulnerable to the whims of whoever happens to be in the White House and chooses to enforce or not enforce the federal law,” The Times says. The newspaper notes that marijuana arrests fall “disproportionately on young black men, ruining their lives and creating new generations of career criminals.”

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