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Welcome to — December 10, 2011

Welcome to! Opening a national debate on marijuana, even as polls show a seismic shift toward legalizing it? On the merits, my column suggests, President Obama should consider it. First, because it’s right: prohibition triggers not just mass incarceration and waste of so many young lives. And second, it’s precisely the youth of America, their life prospects most threatened by current law, who the president needs to win back if he hopes for a second term in the White House. … Our guest column this week is from Ian Scott of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, commenting on our recent Pocantico conference on America’s metropolitan regions.