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Rep. Jared Polis calls for end to federal marijuana prohibition

Speaking alongside industry advocates, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) called Wednesday for Congress to end the prohibition on marijuana, stressing the need to reduce drug violence while hailing the medical cannabis market’s capacity for growing the economy.

“Ending the failed policy of prohibition with regard to marijuana will strike a major blow against the criminal cartels that are terrorizing Americans and Mexicans on both sides of the border,” Polis said at the National Press Club, in response to a question from Raw Story.

“It’s been estimated that the drug cartels drive about half of their revenue from marijuana, so I think it would reduce the violence by half, and reduce the money that fuels the criminal enterprises by half.”

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  • kurlis

    I agree absolutely 100%. Legalize marijuana now!

  • leilani

    “[Jared Polis is] hailing the medical cannabis market’s capacity for growing the economy.”

    Ha! Call your brokers & invest in the munchies market, everybody. Thar’s gold in them thar Doritos!

    Seriously, though, one of the federal expenditures on the budget cutters’ table has got to be all the money we pour down the obscenely expensive ‘War on Drugs’ rat hole.

    I don’t smoke dope. Heck, I don’t even do alcohol. But it’s just not fair to continue to ask the American taxpayers to bankrupt their own kids’ futures just to restrain everybody else’ kids from continuing to ingest stuff they’re fully aware may be harmful to them.

    Here’s an idea: let’s let the trial lawyers have a crack at putting non-medicinal drug producers & distributors out of business once these substances are all legalized. The plaintiff’s bar certainly can’t fail any worse at squashing the legal recreational drug trade than the feds have failed at stamping out the illegal one.

    And chances are, once these drugs are decriminalized, all their producers & suppliers will be put out of business faster than you can say “Vioxx.”