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Ron Hill notices:

It’s hard to say exactly why there is so little uproar over the growing movement to legalize medical marijuana or to even decriminalize pot. One could argue that politicians are afraid to take sides on an issue where polls show the electorate almost evenly divided. Yet politicians take controversial positions on issues such as abortion and gay marriage regularly and the country is almost equally split on these issues just as they are on marijuana.

Not too long ago any elected official who even hinted that marijuana should be legal under certain circumstances, much less decriminalized, would have been run out of office. The next few years will be an interesting time to watch the changing face of the drug war – and the evolving views of the Republican Party.

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