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Jacob Sullum Finally Has Some Good News to Cover. Give Us Money So We Can Send Him to Places With Legal Weed!

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Welcome back to Reason's annual Webathon, where we remind you of the value we add to your lives, in exchange for you giving us your money—$200,000 of it before the witching hour tomorrow, we hope! 

Today's example of what we bring to you, the beautiful people: Senior Editor Jacob Sullum. Since 1989 (!) Jacob has been helping people calm the Fletch down about drugs. His books, Saying Yes: In Defense of Drug Use and For Your Own Good: The Anti-Smoking Crusade and the Tyranny of Public Health are must-reads for anyone whose panties are starting to feel bunchy about individuals opting to ingest, inject, or inhale substances of their own choosing (without causing harm to anyone else).

Sullum has been banging the anti-prohibitionist drum for decades, sometimes nearly alone. So imagine our surprise and delight when we realized that we could actually send our P-word correspondent to a place where recreational marijuana was legal. In the U.S. and A., of all places.

What he sent back was a super detailed, scrupulously fair account of what's working (whoo Colorado), what's not working (ahem, Washington state), and also what's in store for all of us as legalization fever spreads. (While in the line of duty, Jacob did manage to overdo it a little on the gummy candies, but valuable lessons were learned and shared.)

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We need your donations so that we can keep sending Jacob to cover the slow, bleary American awakening from the War on Drugs in real time.

Sullum doesn't just preach to your choir about intoxicants. He writes columns for Forbes about the bad facts and bad faith that plagues the debate as well.

And though he's arguably the best drug-war reporter in the country, that is hardly Sullum's only beat. Just think of how much clarity he brought to the crazy-making journalistic discussion over Trayvon Martin's killing and "Stand Your Ground" laws, for one of many examples. If you want scrupulously fair readings of law, politics, and Salvia-smoking, we challenge you to name someone better at it than Jacob damned Sullum!

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