The battle for the legalization of marijuana has been one that’s always seemed to be a relevant topic in 2014. Those in the pro-pot corner, however, just received one hell of an endorsement from arguably the biggest publication on American soil: The New York Times.
In an article published this weekend, the Times aggressively put their foot in the sand on the topic, detailing the oxymoron of being arrested for selling weed (amongst other issues, too) which has always been a personal black eye needing acknowledgement in the fight to legalize marijuana.
The social costs of the marijuana laws are vast. There were 658,000 arrests for marijuana possession in 2012, according to F.B.I. figures, compared with 256,000 for cocaine, heroin and their derivatives. Even worse, the result is racist, falling disproportionately on young black men, ruining their lives and creating new generations of career criminals.
There is honest debate among scientists about the health effects of marijuana, but we believe that the evidence is overwhelming that addiction and dependence are relatively minor problems, especially compared with alcohol and tobacco. Moderate use of marijuana does not appear to pose a risk for otherwise healthy adults. Claims that marijuana is a gateway to more dangerous drugs are as fanciful as the “Reefer Madness” images of murder, rape and suicide.
Their case doesn’t stop there either. The Editorial Board suggests the sale of weed be prohibited to anyone under the age of 21, stemming from the concerns of the effects the plant may have on on adolescent brains. Also, members of the Board are scheduled to post follow-up pieces addressing various issues and topics concerning marijuana and its impending legalization.
Color this guy interested.