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July 15, 2009

"Marijuana Nation: The New War Over Weed"

The title of this post is the name given to this new CBSNews.com "special report on the evolving debate over marijuana legalization in the United States." Here are the titles and links to some of the new pieces in the series (including one with a Half-Blood Prince tie-in just in time for the movie's openning):

Of course, readers are welcomed and encouraged to attempt clever Harry Potter jokes or references in light of this last item.  For the record, I always had a suspicion that the Potter version of Mandrake was a variation on the wicked weed: that plant helped "loosen up" those who had been petrified in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets). 

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The problem of illegal drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes has been solved here.


Leave alone adults enjoying adult pleasures without damaging themselves or others. Stop those who cannot control themselves with draconian measures against them and against anyone who supplies them.

How? License the buyer.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jul 15, 2009 8:06:18 PM

From the "Love-Hate" article:

"Congress enacted a law known as the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act of 1914, which regulated cocaine and opiates. Because that era coincided with a robust view of states' rights, the federal law did not seek to prohibit the private possession of pot directly. Such a measure probably would have experienced a swift demise at the hands of the judicial system at the time."

Oh how far we have come. I wonder how "federalist" feels about these good ol' days of states' rights and drug regulation.

The article also reveals how stigmatized marijuana was because it was first being used largely by minorities. As soon as the white, middle-class started using it, it became less stigmatized: "Marijuana was no longer a problem confined to Hispanics and blacks. The sons and daughters of the white middle class were also toking up, and in significant numbers. ... by the end of the decade, the laws recognized the difference between marijuana and more dangerous narcotics."

Lessons can be learned from this history. Today crack is more stigmatized due to its prevalent use in poorer, minority communities. This irrationality needs to be corrected (as a majority of lawmakers are fortunately starting to recognize).

Posted by: DEJ | Jul 16, 2009 1:44:46 PM

They've been selling shirts in Wildwood for years that say "Harry Pothead and the Sorcerer's Stoned."

Posted by: dmac | Jul 17, 2009 4:23:00 PM

The title of your article caught my attention. This war versus weed will never end if there are users who are addicted already with it. There are also government officials who are accepting bribe from drug lords in return they provide protection.

Posted by: legal drugs | Apr 7, 2011 4:33:26 AM

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