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Leave marijuana policy to states

U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar highlights the dilemma our nation finds itself in as states begin to implement a patchwork of laws legalizing or decriminalizing the distribution and possession of marijuana while it remains illegal at the national level ("Drug crime policy in flux," Oct 26).

On the one hand, the use of marijuana is not as serious as many other drugs including, I would argue, alcohol or tobacco. But, the illegal distribution of marijuana often leads to violence and endangers the lives of law enforcement officers from our borders to our cities.

The only solution to the problem that I can see, especially considering the changing attitude Americans have toward marijuana, is for the federal government to legalize the distribution and use of the drug and allow each state to determine how they will comply.

Sean Tully, Baltimore

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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