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Re: Medical Marijuana and the States



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It is subversive of the rule of law for a president to refuse to enforce the law, and particularly to announce that unenforcement will be administration policy. The correct answer to the medical-marijuana issue is for Congress to take it out of Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act (no legitimate medical use) and put it into a different schedule, which would allow the FDA to approve cannabis for prescribing, as is done with stronger drugs such as morphine and cocaine. Once presidents get to pick and choose which laws they will enforce, we have ceased to be a nation of laws. I made that point in more detail in this San Francisco Chronicle column from a few years ago.



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