New York Times Endorses Initiatives to Legalize Cannabis in Oregon, Alaska and Washington D.C.

On Sunday the New York Times, through an article by their Editorial Board, officially endorsed initiatives to legalize cannabis in Oregon,nyt Alaska and Washington D.C., all three of which will be voted on this November 4th.

“In 2012, Washington State and Colorado legalized recreational marijuana. This November, voters in Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia will decide whether to do the same — effectively disregarding the misguided federal ban on a drug that is far less dangerous than alcohol.”, reads the endorsement article. “Decades of arresting people for buying, selling and using marijuana have hurt more than helped society, and minority communities have been disproportionately affected by the harsh criminal penalties of prohibition.”

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For Years the DEA Has Monitored Over 4 Billion Calls a Day

For years the DEA has worked in collaboration with AT&T to monitor over 4 billion phone calls a day in an attempt to combat the illegal drug trade, according to the New York Timesdea-logo

This monitoring – which surpasses that of the National Security Agency (NSA), which has recently come under fire for similar conduct – is part of a program dubbed the “Hemisphere Project”, which is a “partnership between federal and local drug officials and AT&T that has not previously been reported”, which involves “an extremely close association between the government and the telecommunications giant.”

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