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Hit & Run : Reason Magazine New York Times columnist David Brooks has a piece out about pot in which he confesses that, "For a little while in my teenage years, my friends and I smoked marijuana," but "then we all sort of moved away from it." Not a particularly unique progression, that; even if it does contradict generations' worth of taxpayer-financed propaganda about the dangers of even one puff. Brooks concludes his tour of youthful experimentation not by knocking on wood that his life wasn't needlessly truncated by incarceration, but by musing on where such activity should fall on the encouragement/discouragement scale: "I don't have any problem with somebody who gets high from time to time," he writes, "but I guess, on the whole, I think being stoned is not a particularly uplifting form of pleasure and should be discouraged more than encouraged." I wouldn't have any problem with that, if people like Brooks limited their discouragement to the marketplace of public debate.