Marijuana Backers Cool With AG Nominee

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Marijuana advocates say they aren’t nervous about Loretta Lynch‘s personal pot politics, even after President Obama’s choice to serve as the nation’s top cop voiced strong opposition to the drug’s legalization this week.

“I not only do not support legalization, it’s not the position of the Department of Justice to support the legalization,” said Lynch, President Obama’s nominee to replace Eric Holder as attorney general, Wednesday at her confirmation hearing.

However, she said the administration’s directive of not targeting pot businesses in states where weed is legal “seeks to try and work with state systems that have chosen to take admittedly a different approach from the federal government.”

The latter statement was seen as good news for marijuana supporters.

 

Then And Now: Who Supports Pot Legalization? It Might Surprise You

It bears an aura of inevitability, the state-by-state fall of marijuana prohibition, starting with January’s debut of commercial sales in Colorado and Washington state.

Even as the legalization trend has spread, however, gathering momentum in at least 11 other states and setting up a prolonged clash with federal law, the issue has drowsed in the shadows of establishment conversation. It’s been officially ignored by major editorial boards, legal and medical societies, blue-chip companies and religious groups.

But the last time the reform movement was putting this much pressure on Congress — back in the 1970s — many of the staid institutions that are remaining silent now, noisily sallied forth and grooved to the issue of legal or near-legal weed. [Read more…]

Then And Now: Who Supports Pot Legalization? It Might Surprise You

It bears an aura of inevitability, the state-by-state fall of marijuana prohibition, starting with January’s debut of commercial sales in Colorado and Washington state.

Even as the legalization trend has spread, however, gathering momentum in at least 11 other states and setting up a prolonged clash with federal law, the issue has drowsed in the shadows of establishment conversation. It’s been officially ignored by major editorial boards, legal and medical societies, blue-chip companies and religious groups.

But the last time the reform movement was putting this much pressure on Congress — back in the 1970s — many of the staid institutions that are remaining silent now, noisily sallied forth and grooved to the issue of legal or near-legal weed. [Read more…]