Thank you Jimmy Kimmel! Jimmy Kimmel Addresses Marijuana Legalization At White House Correspondents’ Dinner 2012
“I would like everyone in this room to raise your hand if you’ve never smoked pot,” Kimmel said.
Few hands went up.
Noting the crowd’s reaction, Kimmel addressed President Barack Obama directly.
“Marijuana is something that real people care about,” Kimmel said.
New York Times editorial: The Human Cost of Zero Tolerance
New York Cityâ€™s overly zealous marijuana arrests, coupled with the unreliability and porousness of record-keeping, damage the lives of tens of thousands of people a year. The Legislature needs to fix this. It must drop the public-display distinction for marijuana, which invites far too many abuses. It should also press law enforcement officials and the court system to make sure that criminal records are more accurate to start with and that people who are victimized by errors have a plausible way of getting them corrected.
Employers and government agencies also have a responsibility here. They must not rush to their own judgment about minor offenders.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg needs to recognize that zero-tolerance policing is not the panacea his Police Department seems to think it is. The police need to spend more time tracking down serious crime and less on minor offenses. There is nothing minor about a record that can follow people for the rest of their lives.
Who Still Supports the Drug War? by Republican Precinct Committeeman Chris Ladd.
You won’t find a single major political figure willing to discuss a serious, well-considered plan to advance beyond absolute federal prohibition. At the same time, you have to look long and hard to find anyone who genuinely thinks prohibition is a good idea.
In the absence of a real plan to evaluate the public is left in the lurch. Prohibition is feeding monsters. […]
The cost of our inertia is growing. Our fears of broader marijuana use under looser regulation should be tempered by the escalating damage from our current policy. It’s time to find a sensible alternative to prohibition.