Americans are growing more hip to legalizing marijuana. In fact, a House bill to do just that is one of the most viewed proposals on Congress’s official legislative tracking site.
But the overwhelming feeling on Capitol Hill is to leave the issue to the states. Both Democrats open to the pot experiment and libertarian-leaning Republicans are flying the states’ rights banner as Colorado and Washington state implement their groundbreaking new marijuana legalization laws.
Marijuana remains a touchy social subject, loaded up with decades of baggage, from Woodstock to Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign. Still, the willingness of so many members to stay clear of the fight is a powerful reminder why marijuana activists are having so much success in taking their case directly to voters in weed-friendly states.