That TheAtlantic even has to pose the question Will Obama Let Washington and Colorado Keep Their Legal Pot? should sound a huge Red Alert for our fading democracy.
The federal squeeze has mostly focused on California, whose medical marijuana statute is so vague that prosecutors have much more leeway to crack down on providers under the pretense that they’re breaking state and federal law. In Colorado, the law is clearer and the crackdowns are far fewer. Colorado has more medical pot dispensaries than Starbucks locations, but the most the U.S. Attorney’s Office has done is to ask 60 to move farther away from schools. “States that had the most well-developed, politically grounded, statewide regulation of marijuana thrived the best,” Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, said.