Why pot legalization is also a fight for social justice

The illegality of pot has a long and ignominious history

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I don't smoke pot. Or, more accurately, I haven't had the opportunity to smoke pot in time out of mind. But even when I did smoke pot, it was pretty rare. (Full disclosure: This statement does not apply to the six weeks of the 1991 Gulf War, during which time I was a resident of Tel Aviv and Saddam Hussein was firing missiles at my city. I think my roommate's and my soft drug use during those weeks can be fairly characterized as "medicinal.")

Of course, smoking pot is illegal — in most places, anyway, and certainly where I live now (Illinois' "Medical Cannabis Pilot Program" notwithstanding). Yet it should be noted that marijuana's legal status has only ever made me look-over-my-shoulder nervous about my very occasional use. It's never made me refrain.

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