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Mon., Dec. 31, 2012

Let state pot laws prevail

The Dec. 16 editorial said “Obama needs to clarify pot stance soon.” We do not have to wait for the White House to act while we have representatives in D.C. Representatives from Oregon, California, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, Illinois, Tennessee, Massachusetts and Maine have signed on to the Respect States’ and Citizens’ Rights Act of 2012.

This one-page bill would stop the Controlled Substances Act from pre-empting any state law that pertains to marijuana. Washington and Colorado, not to mention 16 other states that permit medical marijuana, could breathe easier if this bill becomes law. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers should sign on to help move this bill along.

Peter Duffy

Spokane



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