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Congressman Jared Polis and drug-policy reform advocate Ethan Nadelmann argued Wednesday night in Vail that one of the most compelling reasons to legalize marijuana in the United States is to eliminate a major funding source for deadly Mexican drug cartels. Both Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and recently retired DEA agent Anthony Coulson sharply disagreed.
Legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives this morning to end the federal war on marijuana. The bill would enable each state to deal with marijuana as it sees fit.
Even as proponents of legalizing marijuana in Colorado meet this evening to debate the best way to accomplish that, former U.S. Attorney John McKay is one of a handful of people leading an effort to legalize marijuana in Washington State. Spurred in part by Governor Christine Gregoire's veto of much of that state's medical marijuana laws, McKay and others say the time is ripe for full legalization in Washington.
Rep. Jared Polis today expressed concerns about recent law enforcement activities as they relate to legal medical marijuana businesses.