What Have They Been Smoking?
This is part two of the Times- Standard's coverage of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws' conference in San Francisco. Yesterday's Part 1 focused on Tommy Chong's appearance at the meeting where he gave some of his personal observations on the marijuana wars.
I'll have to admit that, while I enjoy seeing the issue given good coverage in our local paper, I felt that the article looked out of place in the Times- Standard, at least at first glance. It just didn't seem like a fitting subject- that being an out of town conference of pot advocates- for a home town paper.
I think I felt the same way last year when the T-S convered that same conference. I'm glad to see the coverage, though. Wonder how much hate mail the T-S will receive for running that piece?
The T-S isn't the only one dealing with pot today:
The Santa Rosa Press- Democrat ran an editorial this morning taking the Food and Drug Administration to task for their recent release of a statement that "no sound scientific studies" support the use of medical marijuana.
I'm not sure I support their conclusion- that we have yet another study on the issue- but I suppose that's what many people would be most comfortable with.
Syndicated columnist, Debra Saunders, had a commentary in the San Francisco Chronicle this morning advocating an end to marijuana prohibition. I like the point she brings up about it being the Greens and Libertarians vs. the Republicans and Democrats, in this fight over prohibition.
With a lopsided battle like that, you would think the prohibition forces would be really taking ground, and they certainly do seem to be at times.
But, seems to me, just from the three articles we've mentioned here (and those being probably just three out of many more that likely were published today) the tide might well be turning against prohibition.
I think more and more people are becoming aware of what a wasted effort these pot wars are.