The 14 3/4 Biggest Ideas of the Year July/August 2010

Reefer Sanity

You may not have noticed, but the movement to legalize marijuana is quietly picking up steam across the country. This fall, as many as half a dozen states could consider ballot initiatives allowing medical patients, and others, to smoke pot. Voters in California, which has already legalized marijuana use for the sick, will consider a referendum legalizing it for any adult. Polls show that nearly 60 percent of Californians favor the initiative, which is cannily being sold as a way to raise tax revenues for a state crippled by a massive budget deficit. The ease with which pro-pot measures are being approved suggests that more could be on the way: medicinal marijuana has so far been legalized in 14 states and the District of Columbia.


14 3/4. Reefer Sanity
by Joshua Green
7. Information Wants to Be Paid For
by Walter Isaacson
14. It’s Too Easy Being Green
by Kai Ryssdal
6. The Kids Aren’t All Right
by David Leonhardt
13. Teachers Are Fair Game
by David Brooks
5. Bonfire of the Knuckleheads
by Jeffrey Goldberg
12. The Rise of the Drones
by Martha Raddatz
4. The Power of No
by Michael Kinsley
11. Obama Is No Liberal
by James Bennet
3. Boredom is Extinct
by Walter Kirn
10. The Triumph of Free Speech
by Jeffrey Rosen
America Is No. 2
by James Fallows
9. The Catholic Church Is Finished
by Ross Douthat
1. The End of Men
by Hanna Rosin
8. Deficits Matter
by Megan McArdle
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