What Obama’s Re-election Means for Medical Marijuana, Also: Colorado and Washington Legalize Pot!

The re-election of President Barack Obama Tuesday represents the least bad outcome for the medical marijuana and overall decriminalization movement, given the President’s track record, and his rival’s statements about the issue.

GOP candidate Mitt Romney promised to fight medical marijuana “tooth and nail” if he was elected. Barack Obama’s administration has cracked down on the medical marijuana industry in the last year, while stating that it respects state medical marijuana laws.

We expect elements of the crackdown to continue in the next four years, if only because there’s too much bureaucratic inertia to stop the 70 year-long federal war on the plant. But many activists hope the President will tackle drug law reform, now that he doesn’t have to win another election.

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