For too long, America has been waging a costly, damaging, counter-productive war against marijuana. A majority of Americans now supports legalization, and several states are trying versions of it, ranging from medical marijuana to full legalization. The Federal government, however, has been getting in the way, with everything from raids of medical marijuana distributors to inconsistent enforcement that creates profound uncertainty and fear.
Most Americans agree, the the Federal government should back off, and let these attempts proceed:
“A large majority of Americans think that the federal government should stop enforcing its marijuana laws on states that have passed contradictory reforms, a recent Gallup poll shows. Where federal law on cannabis stricter than state law — as is now the case in Colorado and Washington — 64 percent of respondents said that the feds should leave the states alone. Only 34 percent said that the feds should get involved.” (source)
The war against marijuana has been a colossal failure, and it’s time to try a new approach. This is what these states are doing. And our nation needs to give them a chance.