4/20 celebration puts marijuana debate in a haze
SEATTLE— From Capitol Hill to Hippie Hill, marijuana enthusiasts observed their 4/20 holiday Thursday with public smoke-outs and parties.
The annual celebration of cannabis gave activists an opportunity to reflect on how far they’ve come — recreational use of pot is now legal in eight states and the nation’s capital.
President Donald Trump hasn’t clarified what his approach to pot will be, but Attorney General Jeff Sessions opposes the drug’s legalization and this month ordered a review of the government’s policy, which has included a largely hands-off approach in legal pot states.
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly recently called marijuana “a potentially dangerous gateway drug that frequently leads to the use of harder drugs” — a view long held despite scant evidence of its validity.