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Newspaper Editorials on Marijuana Prohibition During the Early War On Drugs, 1965-1980

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This study examines editorials regarding marijuana law and enforcement in four major U.S. newspapers between 1965 and 1980, a period during which both marijuana use and arrests increased dramatically, and during which time the federal government overhauled both anti-marijuana laws and the approach to combatting drug use more generally. During this time, the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times published a combined 126 editorials dealing with marijuana, approximately one-third of which called for reduction in criminal penalties for possession of the drug. The calls to reduce penalties for marijuana possession were nearly always explained in strictly pragmatic terms, without addressing the underlying moral or health justifications for the legal prohibition of the drug. Differences in editorial stances between the newspapers are also discussed.

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Siff, Stephen. "Newspaper Editorials on Marijuana Prohibition During the Early War On Drugs, 1965-1980" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Le Centre Sheraton, Montreal, Canada, Aug 06, 2014 <Not Available>. 2014-12-19 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p745109_index.html>

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Siff, S. , 2014-08-06 "Newspaper Editorials on Marijuana Prohibition During the Early War On Drugs, 1965-1980" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Le Centre Sheraton, Montreal, Canada Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2014-12-19 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p745109_index.html

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Abstract: This study examines editorials regarding marijuana law and enforcement in four major U.S. newspapers between 1965 and 1980, a period during which both marijuana use and arrests increased dramatically, and during which time the federal government overhauled both anti-marijuana laws and the approach to combatting drug use more generally. During this time, the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times published a combined 126 editorials dealing with marijuana, approximately one-third of which called for reduction in criminal penalties for possession of the drug. The calls to reduce penalties for marijuana possession were nearly always explained in strictly pragmatic terms, without addressing the underlying moral or health justifications for the legal prohibition of the drug. Differences in editorial stances between the newspapers are also discussed.


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