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Across the country and right here in New York, there are signs that the tide is shifting on marijuana, toward a recognition that reform, if not outright legalization, is necessary. The state now has a medical marijuana law, albeit a deeply flawed one. As of July, the Brooklyn District Attorney's office stopped prosecuting first-time possession offenders caught with less than two ounces of weed. Even the New York Times is now advocating for prohibition's repeal. But for...
The Associated Press yesterday drew a thin, squiggly line between legalized marijuana use and traffic deaths, wondering whether, as legalization and decriminalization make their way across the country, drug-related traffic deaths will increase. The author cites the case of New York teen Joseph Beer, who in 2012, after smoking weed, crashed a Subaru Impreza into a tree at more than 100 mph, killing four of his friends. Beer plead guilty to aggravated vehicular manslaughter, and...
After much hemming and hawing, Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed  a bill legalizing medical marijuana in the state of New York. Oh happy day (for people who really need it to help with their ailments)! New York is now the 23rd state in our union to allow the use of medical marijuana. But before you start shooting fireworks off your rooftop, it should be noted that this is one of the most restrictive medical marijuana...
Proving that the only thing worse than a New York Times columnist not on drugs is a New York Times columnist on drugs, Maureen Dowd decided to tackle that most pernicious of illicit substances: marijuana. Yes, everyone's favorite chardonnay-swilling, green corduroy jean-wearing Op-Ed columnist flew out to Colorado, where marijuana has now been legal for several months, and decided to drink the Kool-Aid, or, you know, eat the pot candy bar, as it were. In a column with...

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