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In this August 20, 2009 photo shows El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sergeant James Byers dismantling a marijuana garden in a remote area of El Dorado county, Calif. After overseeing a series of raids that destroyed more than 300,000 marijuana plants in California’s Sierra Nevada foothills this summer, federal drug czar Gil Kerlikowske proclaimed, “Legalization is not in the president’s vocabulary, and it’s not in mine.” (AP Photo/The Sacramento Bee, Randall Benton)

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