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LuckyTheDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-09-11 05:35 PM
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In January 1920, as the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was about to become effective, the evangelist Billy Sunday, one of Americas great crusaders against the scourge of John Barleycorn proclaimed that a grand new era was about to emerge.

Men will walk upright now, women will smile and the children will laugh, Sunday told a crowd in Norfolk, Va. Hell will be forever for rent.

Of course, things did not turn out that way. The battle against booze was lost and Prohibition was repealed after 13 years. But, attempts to use the force of law against intoxication and addiction persist to this day even as they continue to be ineffective. Forty years after President Richard Nixon formally declared a war on drugs, Americans are signaling at the voting booth and in opinion polls that they are ready to consider certain forms of tactical retreat.

Michigan policy makers should heed that sentiment as they consider possible changes to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, passed overwhelmingly by Michigan voters in 2008.

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