New York Times: Legalize Marijuana
|July 29, 2014||Posted by Staff under Social Change|
This 2014 excerpt of the New York Times, Jly 26, is by their Editorial Board.
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 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.
The social costs of the marijuana laws are vast. There were 658,000 arrests for marijuana possession in 2012. The arrested are disproportionately young black men, ruining their lives, and creating new generations of career criminals.
There are legitimate concerns about marijuana on the development of adolescent brains. For that reason, we advocate the prohibition of sales to people under 21.
Ed. Notes: Cool. The NYT considers it safe enough to take a stand. Some leadership would have been nice, but better late than never. And way cool that it shows the powers-that-be can change, that society has changed, and that eventually government will catch up. Now, if only those three players will get real about economic justice and promote a Citizen’s Dividend from society’s surplus, those trillions of annual rents, all our spending for nature and privilege, now lining the pockets of very few but available to make life a joy for everyone.