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By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  April 16, 2014

As for marijuana-related employment, a few years ago, an editor said to me, “Journalism is dying. You’re young. Why the hell are you writing about pot when you could be growing it?”

Believe me, the thought has crossed my mind (usually when I’m late with my rent). But growing pot isn’t my calling, and neither is being an employment service for folks who want to break into the pot industry. That said, you could check out for pot jobs listings near you.

The ProJo’s about-face

Last month I wrote a rebuttal to a recent anti-pot legalization editorial in The Providence Journal (“Get off pot,” March 2). But as Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority ( informed me, the paper’s zealous ignorance is relatively new.

As recently as 2010, the Journal published multiple editorials in favor of ending the War on Drugs, including “Drug War: Make It Medical” (December 28, 2010) and “Silver or Lead?” (March 30, 2010) which read, “Despite the public’s growing acceptance of ending drug prohibition, the Obama administration (led by a cigarette smoker) has just offered Mexico and Central America $1.4 billion in aid to fight the drug lords. This will be money down the drain. The war on drugs is futilely repeated year after year after year. Let’s stop the insanity. Legalize these illicit drugs and treat their abuse as the medical problem it is.”

It’s a sad state when fear trumps science. It’s even worse when that fear marks a return to the dark ages from a once-enlightened editorial board.

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