Albuquerque Journal, 03 Aug 2014 - Did you see the "Meet the Press" segment on marijuana legalization last Sunday? If not, you didn't miss much - except the irritating spectacle of smug Beltway insiders making lame jokes about one of the most interesting public policy experiments of our time.
Charleston Gazette, 02 Aug 2014 - Most Americans realize that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol and tobacco - yet booze and cigarettes are lucrative legal products, while pot-puffers face jail. This contradiction makes no sense. The New York Times, America's flagship newspaper, finally has launched an all-out crusade for legalization of marijuana. It declared:
The Steamboat Today, 01 Aug 2014 - Six months after the sale of recreational marijuana became legal under Colorado law, newspapers across the country are filled with reports and editorials debating the merits of that voter mandated change. Meanwhile, the best petri dish for evaluating the impact of legal pot may be Steamboat Springs. On Saturday, The Washington Post examined the ramifications of Colorado's legal marijuana on neighboring states. "At Colorado's borders, a dividing line over marijuana," is composed of anecdotal reports from towns on both sides of Colorado's eastern border with Kansas and Nebraska and, as might be expected, finds divergent views between the states.
Boulder Weekly, 31 Jul 2014 - It's not your grandfather's pot," I keep hearing. Every time I attend a forum or turn on the TV or the Internet, there's somebody saying that today's marijuana is fearfully strong and therefore much more dangerous than it used to be. "Studies reveal that marijuana potency has almost tripled over the past 20 years," it says right on www. WhiteHouse.gov, citing studies that suggest that today's marijuana has much more THC, the cannabinoid that gives users the "high" they seek and that prohibitionists seem to dread most. High Times magazine's annual rundown of the world's most potent cannabis this year were all certified and lab tested at more than 23 percent THC. So is it more potent? Probably so. The cannabis people smoked back in the 1970s that came from Mexico and Columbia was strong enough - why would so many millions of people risk using it illegally if it wasn't at least somewhat potent? But it's not hard to understand why commercial strains today, grown under more favorable conditions and hybridized specifically to create higher THC levels, would be considered stronger.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 31 Jul 2014 - For months, the U.S. government has been debating how to best respond to the wave of migration of unaccompanied minors. The problem, which is driven by high levels of poverty and violence in Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala, has prompted some commentators and citizens to assert that anyone breaking the law should be sent home, regardless of age. However, they do so with insufficient awareness about the direct role that the United States has played in creating this crisis.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 31 Jul 2014 - Federal Indictment Details Racketeering, Civil Rights Abuses, Robbery, Extortion. Stories of shakedowns, brutality, kidnapping, and theft have dogged a group of the city's Narcotics Field Unit officers for nearly a decade. But despite multiple investigations, cases against them never stuck.
The Daily Iowan, 30 Jul 2014 - There are many reasons to be excited about the inevitable end of the War on Drugs, specifically the incredibly wasteful practice of marijuana prohibition. The end of wasting billions of dollars upholding an unenforceable law, the discontinuation of a system that intensifies the worst racial injustices of the American legal system through the disproportionate sentencing rates of African Americans and Latinos compared with whites, and boatloads of revenue should be reaped from taxation of the newly legalized drug. In a political environment that's up to its eyeballs in bad news, it's incredibly uplifting to find a public-policy issue in which our political representatives seem to be heading toward a sane solution.
Appeal-Democrat, 29 Jul 2014 - More than a third of adults have smoked it - including the last three presidents. Dozens of songs and movies have been made about it. Marijuana is no longer whispered about, nor hidden in back rooms and basements. It has come into the open in American life despite decades of prohibition and laws treating the drug as more dangerous than meth and cocaine. When The New York Times' editorial board called this weekend for the U.S. government to end its ban on weed - and let states decide how to regulate it - the newspaper reflected what a majority of Americans have told pollsters: Marijuana should be legal. The status quo, according to advocates and even the president, has resulted in the disproportionate arrests of minorities and the poor. "The social costs of the marijuana laws are vast," the editorial said. "There were 658,000 arrests for marijuana possession in 2012, according to FBI 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."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 29 Jul 2014 - Everyone reading this column must know someone who currently smokes or has smoked marijuana. They're family members, friends, loved ones, acquaintances, bosses, employees and people we sit next to on buses commuting to work every day. We don't spend a lot of time worrying about whether these people will become hard-core addicts. We'd be more worried about them if they were binge drinkers. They're not criminals, despite the shady ways many of them go about procuring what has been an illegal product for nearly half a century.
The Daily Times, 28 Jul 2014 - The only time I ever thought about where the illegal drugs I was purchasing might have come from was when I lucked up in the purchase of some particularly potent cocaine. I didn't ask about the urgency to move such product at such cheap prices, but when we got the eight ball back to our dinghy hotel room and started to break it up, we saw it: a mysterious-looking stamp pressed in the smooth side of the lump of coke, a skull and some words in Spanish prominent in the indention. The sight of it filled me with a little bit of unease, because it was further proof that we were indulging in a game that could have had potentially deadly consequences. It was obviously from someplace south of the border, and rather than contemplate the violence that had accompanied it north to the streets of Myrtle Beach, S.C., we busted it up and proceeded to get high and not think of it again.
The Nation, 28 Jul 2014 - WASHINGTON : The New York Times called for the legalisation of marijuana on Saturday, in a bold editorial comparing the federal ban on cannabis to Prohibition. The prestigious publication said pot laws disproportionately impact young black men and that addiction and dependence are 'relatively minor problems' - especially when compared with alcohol and tobacco. '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,' the newspaper said. '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.' Noting that the editorial board reached its conclusion after much discussion, The Times described the social costs of marijuana laws as 'vast.'
Daily Telegraph, 28 Jul 2014 - THE New York Times has called for the legalisation of marijuana, comparing the nationwide ban on recreational cannabis use to prohibition. In an editorial on the weekend, the influential publication said cannabis addiction and dependence were "relatively minor problems" compared with alcohol and tobacco.
Sun-Sentinel, 28 Jul 2014 - Marijuana is no longer whispered about nor hidden in back rooms and basements. It has slowly come into the open in American life despite decades of federal prohibition and laws treating the drug as more dangerous than meth and cocaine. When The New York Times' editorial board made a full-throated call this weekend for the government to end its ban on weed - and let states decide how to regulate it - the newspaper reflected what a majority of Americans have told pollsters: Marijuana should be legal. The status quo, according to advocates and President Barack Obama, has resulted in the disproportionate arrest of minorities and the poor - at a time when the country's violent crime rate is near its lowest point in decades.
New York Times, 27 Jul 2014 - In 1970, at the height of his white-hot war on crime, President Richard Nixon demanded that Congress pass the Controlled Substances Act to crack down on drug abuse. During the debate, Senator Thomas Dodd of Connecticut held up a package wrapped in light-green paper that he said contained $3,000 worth of marijuana.
New York Times, 27 Jul 2014 - 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.
Baltimore Sun, 26 Jul 2014 - Advocates Worry Proposed Regulations Will Discourage Doctors From Participating Proposed rules for Maryland's nascent medical marijuana system are drawing objections from a leading advocate, who says the regulations could discourage doctors from participating.