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Getting with the Times
National Review, by Jonah Goldberg

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Posted By:zoidberg, 8/6/2014 10:50:48 AM

With the usual fanfare and self-regard we have come to expect from the New York Times editorial board, the prestigious paper has changed its mind about pot. It now believes that the federal ban on the substance should be lifted and that the whole issue should be sent back to the states to handle. Not only did it issue a big Sunday editorial (the equivalent of a secular fatwa in my native Upper West Side of Manhattan), but it has since been flooding the zone on the issue with essays from members of the editorial board.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 8/6/2014 12:59:09 PM     (No. 9955442)

“consuming marijuana is not a fundamental right that should be imposed on the states by the federal government, in the manner of abortion rights, health insurance, or the freedom to marry a partner of either sex.”

Nonsense: none of the mentioned issues amount to any sort of recognizable "fundamental right". On the other hand, the right to possess and carry firearms is absolutely (and constitutionally) "a fundamental right that should be imposed on the states by the federal government". But where is the New Yawk Times on that issue...?


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With the usual fanfare and self-regard we have come to expect from the New York Times editorial board, the prestigious paper has changed its mind about pot. It now believes that the federal ban on the substance should be lifted and that the whole issue should be sent back to the states to handle. Not only did it issue a big Sunday editorial (the equivalent of a secular fatwa in my native Upper West Side of Manhattan), but it has since been flooding the zone on the issue with essays from members of the editorial board.

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