April 15, 2014 may go down in history as the day that ended the debate on pot legalization. On that date, the Dayton City Paper published an installment of its “Debate Forum” column that focused on the issue, with the intent that one staff writer would argue in support of legalization and another would argue against it. But the paper’s editors couldn’t find anyone to support pot prohibition, so instead they ran this:
On the right side of the page, where the argument against legalization should go, there’s a lot of white space and an editor’s note: “On behalf of the Dayton City Paper staff, we apologize, but we were unable to locate a debate writer who was able to submit a view opposed to the legalization of marijuana in Ohio at this time.” The paper’s website ran a “center” view on legalization, but no outright argument against it.
Pack it up, folks — it looks like our work here is done.