“If you’d asked me this question a dozen years ago, it would have been easy to answer – I would have said no, because (marijuana) leads to other stuff,” the Senate majority leader told the Sun today. “But I can’t say that anymore.”
“I think we need to take a real close look at this,” Reid went on. “I think that there’s some medical reasons for marijuana.”
“I guarantee you one thing,” Reid said. “We waste a lot of time and law enforcement going after these guys that are smoking marijuana.”
Reid’s new position falls short of backing full legalization, like a majority of Americans want, but they put him well ahead of much of the Senate and President Obama on the issue.
This change of heart is a big deal because Reid is arguably the second most powerful Democrat in the country behind the President. Reid not only controls the Senate but also plays a big role in setting the policy positions for Congressional Democrats.
Hopefully, Reid might think about putting pressure on the Obama administration to also recognize marijuana’s medical value by removing it from Schedule I and assure Congress doesn’t override D.C.’s plan to decriminalize possession.
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