Legalized marijuana

Marijuana has been in the news recently - all the way from South America to California and Washington State.

In Cartagena, Colombia, at a summit of South American leaders, some heads of state criticized President Obama for refusing to abandon a drug war that has claimed tens of thousands of lives and undermined their governments. Some argued that legalizing marijuana in the Untied States would help to defund the drug cartels in their countries.

"I don't mind a debate around issues like decriminalization," Obama said, "but I personally don't agree that that's a solution to the problem."

Of course, he doesn't. Any politician advocating decriminalization of pot in this country would put his or her career in jeopardy. Although in South America, Obama added reflectively, "it's completely understandable that they [the governments in question] would look for new approaches."

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