On Tuesday, Reps. Jared Polis of Colorado and Earl Blumenauer announced two pieces of legislation at the federal level that would help end the war on cannabis in this country.
Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo.
According to Polis, who joined Oregon rep Blumenauer for a teleconference Tuesday afternoon, "Americans have increasingly come to the conclusion that the drug war is a failed policy. We need to address it as a public health issue rather than a security issue."
Blumenauer says states should be allowed to regulate marijuana how they please without having to worry about the federal government. He referenced President Obama's statement that he had "bigger fish to fry" than people following their state laws. "Point in fact, down the federal drug enforcement food chain, there are still people who are frying those fish," Blumenauer said. "This is the Congress that we need to step up and tackle these problems head-on."
Page over to our sister paper, The Denver Westword, for the rest of the article and more from the Tuesday teleconference.