Smoke 'em if you got 'em
The Obama administration this week broke with the Bush administration on the issue of medical marjiuana. Under Bush, medical marijuana dispensaries in California were targeted by federal authorities, even if they were in compliance with state law governing such operations. New Attorney General Eric Holder says that won't be the case anymore, unless the dispensaries are violating BOTH state and federal laws. Said Holder, making perfect sense, "Given the limited resources that we have, our focus will be on people, organizations that are growing, cultivating substantial amounts of marijuana and doing so in a way that's inconsistent with federal and state law." The nation's so-called war on drugs has always been an expensive failure. Those who want drugs continue to get them, and no matter how much tax money we spend, they always will. Predictably, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa thinks the change in policy on medical marijuana is a bad idea. He trotted out the old chestnut that marijuana use leads to use of harder drugs. Sometimes it does, but in many cases, it doesn't. That's like saying beer leads to whiskey. Maybe our state and federal governments should consider getting into the ganja business themselves. You could restrict purchases to people over 18 and still try to enforce laws to keep it away from kids. State governments already make billions annually in taxes on alcohol. Imagine the revenue from marijuana sales. Prohibition was repealed even though it was clear that alcohol use contributed to health problems, family strife and crime. Casino gambling was approved, despite the associated negative effects on our society. Why not marijuana?