(The New York Times)

N.Y. Times: “The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana”

Read these words from The New York Times’ editorial board: “The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana.”

The Times’ landmark editorial, “Repeal Prohibition, Again,” printed this weekend to the surprise of many readers. But the editorial board insists in the piece they took their time with the decision.

“We reached that conclusion after a great deal of discussion among the members of The Times’ Editorial Board, inspired by a rapidly growing movement among the states to reform marijuana laws.”

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In the editorial, which is wrapped inside a slick online presentation that involves Old Glory’s stars and stripes morphing into cannabis leaves and stripes, the board admits “there are no perfect answers to people’s legitimate concerns about marijuana use. But neither are there such answers about tobacco or alcohol, and we believe that on every level … the balance falls squarely on the side of national legalization.”

Read the full editorial.

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