Why Bill Schuette Hates Patient Rights
Nobody fighting to end marijuana prohibition is saying anything about giving it to children.
Published: May 1, 2013
In all, the report cites six pieces of marijuana-friendly legislation — although none of them is law. The big deal about this report is that it doesn’t contain a hard line declaring that legalization will not stand in Colorado and Washington. Mostly it’s a lot of legal hemming and hawing about this and that.
At the same time, there are signals coming out of Washington, D.C., indicating a softening of the federal attitude toward marijuana. Last week, a group of Democratic congressmen introduced legislation to create a national commission to review U.S. marijuana policy and issue recommendations to federal lawmakers.
The subjects to be considered are: how federal and state laws interact; the cost of marijuana prohibition and potential revenues from taxation; health impacts in comparison to alcohol and tobacco, and the impact of prohibition on criminal justice issues.
Perhaps more impactful is the Obama administration’s new approach to drug policy that should be announced soon. In a call with reporters last week, drug czar Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, signaled that changes in the administration’s approach might be at hand. The administration’s new “smart on crime” policy would downplay criminalization in favor of treatment.
Maybe it’s time to get smart — as long as nobody named Maxwell Smart is involved.
Larry Gabriel is a writer, musician and former editor of Metro Times. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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