Pot Prohibition Is the Cornerstone of a Police State

Harvey Wasserman

AlterNet
November 4, 2010

The simple truth about America’s marijuana prohibition: any law that allows the easy incarceration of any citizen any time those in power want to do it is the ultimate enemy of democracy. With 800,000 annual arrests over an herb used by tens of millions of Americans, it is the cornerstone of a police state.

 

The newly energized movement to end prohibition in California – home to more than 10% of the nation – is one of the few healthy developments in this otherwise horrific election.

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Part of the battle has already been won. By all accounts the California campaign has thrust the issue to a new level. The terms of repeal are not perfect. But the acceptance of marijuana use has taken a giant leap forward. When joints are openly lit and smoked on national television, it’s clear that sooner rather than later, this travesty will fall.

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