More evidence that American opinion-formers continue to press for the legalisation of cannabis. This week the New York Times editorial board has committed the newspaper to run a campaign that reports a comprehensive and balanced view comparing the potential harm that cannabis represents compared with the actual harm caused by ill-considered drug law. Their research and objectivity is unimpeachable.
Here is an example of their conclusions:
"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.
Nearly three-quarters of states have done one or more of the following: experimenting with legalizing medicinal uses of marijuana, reducing penalties, or even simply legalizing all use."
They report that 75% of US citizens now live under more benign cannabis laws and have produce a map to show it.
The newspaper also makes the point that the original law, passed by congress, making cannabis illegal was based on an untruthful and emotional outburst by a congressman during the era of the Vietnam war in which he linked the nation's failures in the war to the menace of drugs - as ever trying to portray 'drugs' as the villain and the armed forces as the victim.
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