The Gray Lady Lights Up The Legalization Movement: New York Times To Come Out For Legal Pot

225px-NewyorktimeslogoWe have been discussing the growing support for the legalization of marijuana in the United States. Now, it is being reported that The New York Times will come out on Sunday in favor of legalization — a major endorsement for the movement.

The editors concluded that “the balance falls squarely on the side of national legalization.”

“We considered whether it would be best for Washington to hold back while the states continued experimenting with legalizing medicinal uses of marijuana, reducing penalties, or even simply legalizing all use. Nearly three-quarters of the states have done one of these. But that would leave their citizens vulnerable to the whims of whoever happens to be in the White House and chooses to enforce or not enforce the federal law.”

This is a major development for legalization. However, as we discussed earlier, the greatest factor may be simple economics. Despite what has been alleged to be efforts to slow down the market and supply of legal marijuana (and the Obama Administration’s effort to cut off water to marijuana growers), a huge market has emerged for medical and legal recreational marijuana with the attending tax revenues and investments. Legal marijuana is not just becoming more socially accepted in line with alcohol but it is becoming more profitable. That could be a critical combination.

Source: Politico

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  2. If the government really cared about us we would all be living in large work camps with constant supervision to protect us from ourselves. We would only be fed food that is good for us and we would be forced to exercise and have daily medical examinations. In order to prevent unhealthy contraband, we would be placed in solitary confinement forever if caught with unhealthy substances.

    Of course, the state needs healthy people able to work hard and efficiently for maximum output of necessary goods. Also, healthy subjects are required to serve as capable fighters for the state’s wars against other states. So, what is good for us as individuals is also good for us collectively, right?

    What a glorious world it would be if government really cared about us. Can’t you just feel the love?

  3. leejcaroll, my comment compared addicts to drunks; I never at all meant to imply all drug users and drinkers are addicts and drunks. I might imbibe for a special ocassion, and I am not a drunk.

    I found Lily Hyde’s opinion fascinating. One can make a pretty good argument that Ukraine lost the Crimea because of Western decadence, at least from Russia’s point of view.

    Lily Hyde: Crimea has become the Russian Federation’s graveyard of ideologies
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  4. (btw most people who drink are not ‘drunks” or alcoholics. Most people who use marijuana, as opposed to addictive drugs like heroin, crack, etc do not become addicts.

  5. Samantha you seem to make quite a leap, if someone uses drugs then they are an ‘addict” that is not necessarily the case. The point is our jails are filled with people arrested for possessing small amounts of marijuana which then gives them a felony possession. If you ae a “drunk” I guess you mean alcoholic? that is not in your record that you must disclose It is a false analogy

  6. “…cannot get jobs…”

    Bull pucky. People with records work in assisted living facilities, road construction, body shops, house painting, landscaping and all kinds of jobs, everywhere. Can you say janitor?

    “If you build it, they will come.”

    If you take welfare away, they will get jobs

    quickly, cuz they’ll be really really hungry and really really thirsty

    and they’ll apply at charities if they qualify.

    If you give them free money, they will sit on their aaaaaaapholstered chairs in front of their TV’s and smoke legalized marijuana.

    The inmates have taken over the asylum.

  7. “”Squeeky Fromm, Girl Reporter

    Well, has anybody thought about what happens when the tort lawsuits start???””

    Squeeky, I gotta know. Did you look under that robe?

    But I digress.

    You have revealed the essential flaw of dictatorial collectivism, the dictatorship of the proletariat, theocracy and all forms or autocratic government. They simply reward their friends, “victims” and martyrs du jour; change the winners and create an entirely new set of unacceptable conditions that persists until the next revolution.

    They engender unpredictable and unintended consequences.

    By contrast, the freedom through self-reliance that the Founders wrote of and lived in their daily lives allows nature to flawlessly take its course.


    E pluribus unum Latin for “Out of many, one” – Wikipedia.

    Note that the Founders used words and words mean things. Unless you believe the Founders, who established a representative republic, were hypo intelligent, you will read that, consistent with the restricted vote they implemented early on, they deliberately used the word for MANY not the word for ALL. The Founders feared the masses gaining power; the unintended consequences we live with today.

    For example, there is absolutely NO coherence or rationale for government to be in debt or for the “utility of currency” to not be pegged to gold –

    $20 Trillion of debt by the next election cycle???

    The inmates have taken over the asylum.

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