How over is the political War on Marijuana, as distinguished from the actually existing laws that continue to prohibit the stuff? This over: Longtime drug warrior Sen. Chuck Schumer (D–N.Y.), the Senate minority leader, came out last week in favor of descheduling pot as a controlled substance and removing federal penalties for weed-related activities that are legal within their given states. And he did so in the name of "freedom" and even "federalism." How do you do, fellow libertarians!
The welcome Schumer evolution kicks off the latest editor's roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast, featuring Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, and me discussing news of the day and week. Also receiving earfuls: the latest Trump/Russia-related histrionics, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's furious tacking to the left in the wake of a progressive challenge, plus Season 2 of Westworld.
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Relevant links from the show:
"Trump Announces Unprecedented Support for Legalizing Marijuana," by Nick Gillespie
"A Possible Victory for Federalism and Marijuana Legalization," by Ilya Somin
"Why Pot Legalization Is the Most Important Issue Before Voters This Election Day," by Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch, Huffington Post
"Democrats Sue Trump Campaign, Russian Government, and WikiLeaks," by Scott Shackford
"Gov. Cuomo to Use Pardons to Restore Voting Rights to Some Felons," by Scott Shackford
"Little Pink House Having Huge Opening Week," by Matt Welch
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