4/20 cel­e­bra­tion puts mar­i­juana de­bate in a haze

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - NATION & WORLD -

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.

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