US: Pot Legal in 2 States, Drug Czars Panic

11/11/2012 05:40

"The marijuana reform movement made history this week, when voters in Colorado and Washington passed ballot initiatives legalizing the possession and sale of cannabis for purely recreational use. As our newly re-elected vice president might put it, this was a big f***ing deal in the world of drug policy. The new laws would treat marijuana much like alcohol and tobacco, setting the stage for a large scale, tightly regulated, and generously taxed commercial industry worth some untold millions of dollars. Simply put, these would be the most lax marijuana laws in the world -- smack dab in the middle of the country that invented the modern drug war.

The big question now is: Will Obama let it happen?"*

Cenk Uygur brings us some older footage of Obama explaining how he felt about federal resources being used to stop drugs that states have deemed legal. Does he still feel that way? Will Colorado and Washington be allowed to enforce their new
marijuana laws without intervention?

*Read more from Jordan Weissmann/ The Atlantic:

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/11/will-obama-let-washington...

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