Monday, February 23, 2009

Is legalization of marijuana an astroturf by big tobacco?

I see stories on digg and reddit almost daily about how wonderful it'd be if we legalized marijuana. I tend to support it out of libertarian sensibilities, but I'm suspicious about the sheer volume and variety of things I see supporting it online.

I'm sure there are plenty of people who support it, and perhaps the elite posters on digg and reddit just happen to be in that camp. But I can't help suspecting that Big Tobacco sees this as their exit strategy from the increasingly unpopular tobacco industry domestically. Anyone have any evidence for or against that hypothesis?

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