The United States’ most prominent newspaper has come out strongly in support of marijuana legalization. The New York Times editorial this weekend endorsed ending federal marijuana prohibition and leaving its legal status up to the individual states. From the New York Times:

The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana.

We reached that conclusion after a great deal of discussion among the members of The Times’s Editorial Board, inspired by a rapidly growing movement among the states to reform marijuana laws.

There are no perfect answers to people’s legitimate concerns about marijuana use. But neither are there such answers about tobacco or alcohol, and we believe that on every level — health effects, the impact on society and law-and-order issues — the balance falls squarely on the side of national legalization. That will put decisions on whether to allow recreational or medicinal production and use where it belongs — at the state level.

It is worth noting this is the exact same way alcohol prohibition ended. The 21st amendment gave states the power to decide how alcohol is treated within their borders. While many states ended their own alcohol prohibitions right after some states keep their bans on alcohol going for years and even decades later. It wasn’t until 1966 when Mississippi become the last state to end its prohibition.

The endorsement is actually only the start of a series of articles on issues related to marijuana reform. Of course, if you want a truly in depth look into the issues they plan to explore and how marijuana is likely to be regulated in the future, you can pick up a copy of my book, After Legalization: Understanding the future of marijuana policy.