It’s a good article on lessons learned in Colorado and Washington on their efforts to legalize and tax marijuana but I have to question this:
States that legalize pot need a plan in place for how officers determine whether drivers are impaired by marijuana. After legalization, simply sniffing pot in a car or seeing a joint on the seat isn’t enough to haul someone to jail.
via Legal weed states have lessons to share – US News.
Why do they have to learn how to determine if someone is impaired by marijuana? If they are impaired they are impaired and it shouldn’t matter whether the reason is marijuana, alcohol or sleep deprivation. Impaired is impaired and a safety hazard for us all. Isn’t it?
Congress has added a provision to the just past spending measure that keeps the government running that prevents the Federal Government from expending resources to enforce federal marijuana laws against dispensaries in the states that allow for medical marijuana use.
Under the provision, states where medical pot is legal would no longer need to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. Agents would be prohibited from doing so.
via Congress quietly ends federal government’s ban on medical marijuana – LA Times.
My biggest objection to marijuana remaining illegal is the cost of enforcing the laws.