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The New York Times calls on US to legalize marijuana

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The New York Times on Saturday called for the United States government to end its ban on marijuana.

In the first of a series of forthcoming articles on the subject, the publication's editorial board said that while "there are no perfect answers to people's legitimate concerns about marijuana use... neither are there such answers about tobacco or alcohol."

The Times equated the ban on marijuana to 13 years of Prohibition in the U.S., and argued it should be legal for people ages 21 and older.

"Creating systems for regulating manufacture, sale and marketing will be complex. But those problems are solvable," the Times said.

To read the full piece from The New York Times, click here.

—By CNBC Staff