Society is gradually becoming more liberal – or libertine – in many ways, and one of the latest trends is the gradual legalization of marijuana in one state after another. This past election, voters approved marijuana for legal (recreational) use in Colorado and Washington. Marijuana has been legalized for recreational or medicinal use in 13 states, with more states to consider it soon. 15 million Americans are regular users of marijuana, a little over 5% of of the population. It seems problematic to criticize its legalization from a logical perspective considering alcohol, another psychoactive substance, is legal. If it is acceptable...
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I don't want to live in a world of complete conformity and group-think. The author promotes bigger government through this "thoughtful look". Authoritarianism is anti-American. It strikes me the case is subtlely being made to restore the 18th Amendment - only on a broader scale. I have no idea why it would work today when it failed so miserably in the 1920's. The simple fact is the "War on Drugs" is, and will always be, a failing endeavor. How about prohibiting substances like Zoloft, Xanax, Paxil, Clonazepam , etc.? Mental health practitioners seem to pass out these "legal" medications like they're candy, yet there are significant individual abuses and additional societal problems as a consequence.
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