The Gazette, 23 Feb 2014 - Al Capone's simple words in the 1930s couldn't be more ironic and relevant today, when we consider another adult substance: marijuana. After our failed Prohibition experiment, which corrupted entire cities, murdered hundreds and imprisoned thousands more, we learned better - we allowed state and local governments to regulate spirits, wine and beer. Today, Colorado produces over 23 million barrels of beer annually and has some of the best breweries in the world - happily generating millions for public coffers since the repeal of Prohibition 80 years ago. With this understanding, Manitou's City Council recently decided to regulate marijuana like alcohol.
Washington Post, 23 Feb 2014 - MARIJUANA'S MOMENT? San Bernardino, Calif. - In the "medication area" of the nation's biggest marijuana exposition, scantily clad young women hand out marshmallows they've dipped into a rushing fountain of pot-laced chocolate. A few steps away, Anthony Ramirez offers free hits from a bong filled with the waxy marijuana extract that his family started producing when a friend's mother needed relief from the pain of lupus.