Some Hopeful Cracks in the Wall of Federal Prohibition

Some Hopeful Cracks in the Wall of Federal Prohibition

BY KEITH STROUP ON FEBRUARY 9, 2015 ACTIVISM, LEGALIZATION, NORML

The last few weeks have brought a number of policy announcements from the Obama administration — incremental changes, admittedly, but positive steps nonetheless — that appear to set the stage for a more realistic federal marijuana policy looking forward. Once again we are reminded of the important role of the current administration in the gradual ending of “reefer madness” as the guiding principle of our federal marijuana policy.

Our longstanding federal anti-marijuana policy is the result of decades of exaggerated fears and anti-drug propaganda, resulting in an entrenched policy that leaves the federal government looking and sounding foolish and denying even the most obvious truths about marijuana; that it has the ability to alleviate the pain and suffering of serious ill patients, and that it is a relative safe substance when used responsibly by adults for recreational purposes.

But the Obama administration is gradually, little by little, chipping away at the most offensive aspects of the federal anti-marijuana policy, and nudging it ever closer to a policy based on truth and fairness. We still have a long way to go before we can end the federal war on marijuana smokers, but finally we appear headed in the right direction. more…

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