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Meet the Special Interests Keeping Marijuana Criminalized

•, by Laura Williams

In this era of political polarization, when Americans seem to agree on absolutely nothing, let me reassure you. We overwhelmingly agree that cannabis should be legal.

1 in 5 Americans have (state) legal access, 1 in 2 have experimented with it, and more than 1 in 10 smoke regularly. Southern California yuppies are publicly winning prizesfor growing the same plant that landed Georgia teenagers in prison.

Half of states allow at least limited use, and a few attract elite cannabis tourism. Federally, the drug remains fiercely criminalized, despite irrefutable evidence of its medical value.

So what's the hold-up?

Being in the anti-marijuana business is astonishingly lucrative for bureaucratsand campaign donors. Here are just a few of the heavy hitters addicted to federal prohibition:

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