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Time for a realistic approach to pot

September 5, 2013 • Editorial

We were both surprised and encouraged by last week’s announcement from the Department of Justice that it will respect state laws regulating the use of marijuana. The decision is a welcome move which recognizes the costly and futile federal prohibition against pot.

The Department of Justice stated Aug. 29 that even though marijuana remains illegal under federal law, the agency won’t move to block state marijuana laws or prosecute as long as states create strict and effective controls.

Rules which states must follow to avoid federal involvement include age restrictions, preventing black market sales and outlawing use while driving or using firearms. Generally, these would be the same laws which apply to the sale and use of Login to read more

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