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September 13, 1984: US State Department officials conclude, after more than a decade of crop substitution programs for Third World growers of marijuana, coca or opium poppies, that the tactic cannot work without eradication of the plants and criminal enforcement. Poor results are reported from eradication programs in Burma, Pakistan, Mexico, and Peru.

September 14, 1995: The Reagan-appointed, conservative libertarian described by American Lawyer magazine as "the most brilliant judge in the country," Richard Posner, Chief Judge of the US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, is quoted in USA Today:

"I am skeptical that a society that is so tolerant of alcohol and cigarettes should come down so hard on marijuana use and send people to prison for life without parole... We should not repeal all the drug laws overnight, but we should begin with marijuana and see whether the sky falls."

September 15, 1994: The Boston Globe printed the results of a reader call-in survey that asked, "Do you favor legalizing marijuana for medical use?" An astonishing 97 percent of the callers said "yes."

September 16, 1934: The New York Times reported (if you can call it that), "users of marijuana become stimulated as they inhale the drug and are likely to do anything. Most crimes of violence in this section, especially in country districts are laid to users of that drug."

September 17, 1998: Ninety-three members of Congress vote for medical marijuana.

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