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To legalize or not: Where do the presidential candidates stand on marijuana?
The political opinion on pot is evolving pretty quickly. For two years Congress has told the Justice Department not to spend money going after pot shops in states that have legalized medical marijuana, even though the drug remains illegal under federal law. President Obama has taken a hands-off approach as Colorado, Washington and other states have legalized adult recreational use. And now the Drug Enforcement Administration is considering reclassifying marijuana from the ludicrously inappropriate Schedule 1 (meaning no accepted medicinal value and highly addictive) -- a move the Times Editorial Boardbelieves is way overdue.
Will the next president continue the federal government's increasingly mellow approach to marijuana? Or restart the drug war? Here's where the presidential candidates stand on pot:
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