Marijuana has traditionally been regarded as such a third-rail issue that mainstream politicians have lacked the courage to address it.
As far as the U.S. federal government is concerned, legalizing cannabis even for very sick people is off the table, and not a valid subject for discussion.
But the public sees it differently.
At what point do the politicians catch up with the public?
How high does support for medical legalization, for instance -- which is already between 70 and 80 percent nationwide -- have to go before politicians grow a pair?
Stay tuned; seemingly, for most of them, that hasn't happened yet.