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New York Times calls for marijuana legalization

Marijuana bongs, or water pipes, are displayed at the Cannabis City retail marijuana store on July 8, 2014 in Seattle, WashingtonThe New York Times called for the legalization of marijuana, comparing the federal ban on cannabis to Prohibition. In an editorial, the prestige publication said marijuana laws disproportionately impact young black men and that addiction and dependence are “relatively minor problems” especially compared with alcohol and tobacco. Noting that the editorial board reached its conclusion after much discussion, The Times described the social costs of marijuana laws as “vast.” Citing FBI figures showing there were 658,000 arrests for marijuana possession in 2012 — far higher than for cocaine, heroin and their derivatives — it said “the result is racist, falling disproportionately on young black men, ruining their lives and creating new generations of career criminals.”

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