The Marijuana Reform We Need

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And why we won’t get it

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S
enate majority leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) proposes to legalize marijuana at the federal level. He faces two main opponents: 1.) Republicans and 2.) Democrats.

Senator Schumer in his political dotage has embraced the “legalize it and tax it” approach to marijuana, which is precisely one half of a good idea. But that is a half a loaf worth having.

Forty-five of the 50 states permit marijuana use in some cases, and more than a third of Americans live in a jurisdiction in which recreational marijuana use is legal. But marijuana remains a controlled substance as a matter of federal law. Because

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