January 6, 2014

Weed Won't Hurt U.S. in Contest with China

Matt Schiavenza, The Atlantic

The Associated Press

The legalization of marijuana, effective New Year's Day in Colorado and Washington, has divided American journalists, who seemed to spend much of the last three days re-litigating the subject. On Thursday, The New York Times' David Brooks wrote a column disclosing his youthful use of the drug and why, as a result, he opposes legalizing marijuana, while the very same day Ruth Marcus wrote practically the same piece in The Washington Post. These two articles then triggered a pushback from writers like Slate's Dave Weigel and Reason's Matt Welch, who argued that Brooks and Marcus (among other legalization opponents) failed to consider the costs of prohibition.

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TAGGED: China, War On Drugs

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