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From the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34
It’s time to end the war on marijuana
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Pat Cunningham offers an unabashedly liberal perspective on national politics. A note of caution: The language gets a little salty on some of the sites to which this blog links. So, don't say you weren't warned. By the way, this blog's name is ...
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Pat Cunningham offers an unabashedly liberal perspective on national politics. A note of caution: The language gets a little salty on some of the sites to which this blog links. So, don't say you weren't warned. By the way, this blog's name is inspired by the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34 In 41 years as a print and broadcast journalist, most of those years with the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, Pat has covered national politics under eight American presidents. He's attended 10 national political conventions, Republican and Democratic alike, and has interviewed countless prominent political players, including Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.
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In yesterday’s election, voters in Colorado and Washington state approved referendums legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, and Massachusetts became the 18th state to allow the use of reefer for medical purposes.

This trend toward liberalization of laws regarding weed, as it’s called, should be a signal to the federal government and all the other states that it’s time to give up on the foolish war on marijuana. This war has cost us many billions of dollars, ruined countless lives, fostered more crime than it’s curbed, strained the criminal-justice system to the breaking point,  corrupted law enforcement and promoted a disrespect ...

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