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The New York Times Endorses Marijuana Legalization


new york times washington post marijuanaThe Editorial Board of The New York Times has endorsed national marijuana legalization. The media outlet, which was created in 1851, has won 112 Pulitzer Prizes, and is the largest metropolitan newspaper in the country. The Editorial Board had the following to say in a recent article:

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.

This is an impressive move by The New York Times. They are going to be releasing in-depth articles discussing marijuana legalization by members of the Editorial Board. The first one, written by David Firestone, can be found at this link here. I wonder how many other media outlets will come out in support of reform after The New York Times. Mainstream media has been an opponent of marijuana for a long time, but more and more of them endorse marijuana every month it seems like. The winds of change are at our backs, as we stand at the edge of history. National marijuana legalization is not a matter of if, but when.

On Monday at 4:20 p.m. Eastern Time, Andrew Rosenthal, the editorial page editor, will be taking questions about marijuana legalization at facebook.com/nytimes.


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  1. Mainstream opinion is controlled by these outlets. Thanks to the internet, people are slowly converting to a more interactive and Socratic way to get news. We can read studies from the horse’s mouth to verify claims. The market has already put the print media on an accelerated attrition process. Most of those papers just copy and paist other peoples work from a few of the same sources. (ie Associated Press articles)

  2. I’ve only read the snippet provided here, but have to say that the NYT is only denying the negative claims about MJ. It should give at least equal time to the many positive aspects.

  3. Thank you New York Times. I just bought my first subscription for a year digitally just to say thank you for your support in marajuana reform.

  4. Pls do not forget those few of us that are getting raped by the IRS…Repeal 280E…the criminal code that all of us who want to grow, process and sell MJ or MMJ are still subject to. THEY are the criminals.

  5. funny, the new york times was cheerleading for the war in iraq. now they are against the war on drugs. good news now, but still cannot support NYT after that.

  6. Who cares what the so called “news” has to say about cannabis, Times are changing. Besides who even trust the news media anyhow.

  7. At this time, no competent media outlet would advise against it. We all have google now, whether some so called “news” outlets use it is another story.

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