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Sign White House petition to allow state regulation of marijuana (like alcohol)

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Important article by David Sirota in Salon, with a link to a petition to have the White House endorse legislation to gives states the right to regulate and control marijuana, much as states now regulate and control alcohol. (Enough have signed already to exceed the 25,000 required to trigger action, but the more signatures the better.)

The decades-long fight to end the Drug War – and specifically, the absurd war on marijuana – received a huge boost in the 2012 election, as Colorado and Washington became the first states to vote to legalize and regulate cannabis. Following those historic votes, a new poll shows the vast majority of Americans want states – not the federal government – to decide for themselves whether to legalize pot. Meanwhile, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) took to national television to amplify the message of that poll, demanding that the federal government to respect states whose voters have spoken.

The problem, of course, is that the Obama administration may cite the 1970 Controlled Substances Act as statutory rationale to try to force states to continue an expensive and inhumane war on weed that unnecessarily arrests and incarcerates thousands of Americans each year.

The good news, though, is that Congress may act. According to the Colorado Independent, Democratic lawmakers from the two states whose voters legalized marijuana are crafting a bill to amend section 903 of the Controlled Substances Act so that it exempts cannabis from federal preemption.

This is a wholly different approach from full-on federally mandated legalization. Appealing to both conservative state sovereignty principles, universal notions of liberty, and liberal criticism of the overbearing Drug War, it would simply let each state decide its own path on marijuana policy. For Colorado and Washington, that would mean letting those states’ new laws stand without federal intervention.

So far, President Obama has been silent on such a transpartisan concept. But if enough people click to sign an official White House petition, the president will have to weigh in. As you can see, the petition merely asks Obama to support the Democratic proposal to let states legalize, tax and regulate marijuana just like alcohol. . .

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Written by LeisureGuy

14 November 2012 at 3:27 pm

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