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DOJ Takes an Important Step on Marijuana

August 29, 2013 in Economics

The Dept. of Justice finally announced its first official response to the dramatic changes underway at the state level with respect to legalizing marijuana. As a matter of law, a direct legal challenge to the state initiatives approved by voters in Colorado and Washington would have failed. As a matter of policy, if the Obama administration is not yet ready to admit that the drug war is a failed policy, it should at least respect the prerogatives of the states that are choosing to legalize marijuana in their respective jurisdictions. This announcement is an important step in that direction.

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