Some local municipal councils have passed laws banning local participation in what appears to be on the way to becoming a legitimate enterprise: growing marijuana.
With the state’s passage of Initiative 520 last year, and with the guidance last week from the federal Justice Department on how that will jive with federal drug enforcement efforts, local leaders might need to consider to loosening up a bit.
Voters passed the initiative to legalize recreational marijuana last fall, and not because they all want to get high. Most just recognize the supreme waste of public resources committed when the full weight of the justice system is regularly brought to bear on hapless partyers.
The feds will emphasize enforcement of federal marijuana laws as they apply to those who sell to minors. Perhaps local agencies should be instructed to do the same.
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