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Anti-Reefer Madness
Posted by CN Staff on November 29, 2012 at 06:08:23 PT
By Mike Rosen
Source: Denver Post
Denver -- It remains to be seen whether the federal government will allow Colorado to proceed with the expanded legalization of marijuana as approved by voters under Amendment 64. (A similar measure was approved by voters in the state of Washington.) It's likely other states will soon follow suit. Heretofore, the feds have essentially let slide the legalization of marijuana for medical use in 18 states and Washington, D.C. If the feds think Amendment 64 and its ilk are a bridge too far, they could presumably invoke federal law, which still holds marijuana to be an illegal substance. As far-reaching as any decision in this area will be, it should be President Obama's call, unless he chooses to redirect the heat toward soon-to-be ex-Attorney General Eric Holder.
The vote on 64 split along two main fissures. Libertarian-leaning voters tended to favor it; socially conservative voters opposed it. But it still passed narrowly, even in socially conservative El Paso County. Demographically, younger people tended to vote yes; older people, no  although it's likely many aging baby boomers who smoked grass in their youth (and especially those who still do) supported it.There was once a time when politicians running for office were careful to deny they had ever experimented with marijuana, even if they had. That started to shift with the presidential candidacy of Bill Clinton in 1991. He confessed that he actually tried marijuana in college but (wink, wink) "didn't inhale." By 2007, Barack Obama didn't feel the need to finesse that, having admitted in his book, "Dreams From My Father," that he and his teenage "Choom Gang" buddies smoked pot in Hawaii. It didn't become a campaign issue.SnippedComplete Article: http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_22084399/Newshawk: The GCWSource: Denver Post (CO)Author: Mike RosenPublished: November 29, 2012Copyright: 2012 The Denver Post Website: http://www.denverpost.com/Contact: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  -- Cannabis Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/cannabis.shtml 
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Comment #3 posted by Ryannn29 on November 29, 2012 at 11:56:45 PT
I don't believe the federal government would do it
I doubt Obama would invoke federal law. It would be such a large, loud statement. He would be destroyed by such a statement, as everyone is beginning to realize that cannabis is right.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on November 29, 2012 at 07:27:37 PT
New York Magazine: The Truce On Drugs
This is a very long and hard to edit article so here is the link.URL: http://nymag.com/news/features/war-on-drugs-2012-12/
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Comment #1 posted by afterburner on November 29, 2012 at 06:28:43 PT
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 November 27, 2012
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