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blah, blah blah chaaaaaaaaaaange….

Some kid who works for Mad Money thinks he knows everything:

This may be apocryphal, but when FDR was running for President for the first time in 1932, he said something along the lines of “What America needs now is a good, stiff drink.”

Then he won and went on to help end prohibition.

Well, now we’ve got a new Democratic President coming into office, we’re in similarly dire economic straits, and maybe what America needs is a nice toke?

It’s time to legalize, or at least decriminalize, drugs. Admittedly this would be a blow to the flourishing prison industry at a time when we don’t want to cause additional job losses.

Yeah, or maybe you need to share whatever you’re smoking. It’s the same argument I’ve heard from NORML (and anyone who smokes for that matter) for years. Only this time it’s from a 20-something that works at CNBC. Big deal.

I hope the new guy will be different. For now my generation is much more progressive on this issue than older Americans. But I wonder what will happen to younger proponents of decriminalization as they grow up and have children. It’s a fact that we can’t prevent people from getting their hands on drugs in this country by locking up dealers and using F-16s to spray herbicides all over Colombia. We’ve tried for over 30 years, and the only thing the policy succeeds at is ruining lives.

That might be the change you voted for, but it’s not the kind your gonna get.

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