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40 Years Ago Today, Feds Denied the Truth About Pot -- Now It's Obama's Chance to Act

A congressional commission on US drug policy did something extraordinary 40 years ago: it told the truth about marijuana.

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Forty years ago today, the Nixon administration had an unprecedented opportunity to enact a rational pot policy. They were given the truth about cannabis, but they refused to listen. 

Four decades later, it is time for the Obama administration to listen — and to act. It’s time to make peace with pot.

Paul Armentano is the deputy director of NORML (the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), and is the co-author of the book Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink (2009, Chelsea Green).