BY BOB HOLT
Congress essentially banned the use of marijuana in the United States with the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. The law was intended to prevent drug abuse, and to strengthen existing laws against it.
The New York Times feels that the time has passed for marijuana prohibition laws.
In a recent editorial, the Times advocated repealing the ban on marijuana for people over the age of 21. The paper says that marijuana is not as dangerous as alcohol, and enactment of laws regarding its use should be left in the hands of states.
Also according to the New York Times, arrests for possession of marijuana lean toward racism. The Times says a large number of young black men have been arrested for marijuana possession, creating new career criminals. And the Times says that addiction and dependence on marijuana are minor issues, compared to use of alcohol and tobacco.