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jitterman writes: Reuters columnist Bernd Debusmann makes his case for the legalization of marijuana in the US. He provides anecdotal insight, such as "Hollywood, conscious of a mass audience that does inhale, has produced a slew of new 'stoner' movies this year. The pot-smoking protagonists include an investment banker and a medical student (Harold & Kumar), a psychiatrist (The Wackness), and a process server (Pineapple Express)." He also provides a statistic I find promising: "Since 1937, the year marijuana was outlawed, its use in the United States has gone up by 4,000 percent..." Why is this promising? Well, perhaps if we outlaw Linux on the desktop...
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Does Prohibition Work?

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