In Obama’s first term, the federal government moved against medical marijuana retailers even where states had declared it legal. Photograph: Alamy
Friday 16 November 2012
Marijuana legalisation ballots signal how public opinion is turning against the prohibition policy that needlessly filled US prisons
In reality, however, there is little reason to believe that any fundamental change in government policy is in the works. In fact, if the last four years have been anything to go by, then, despite its rhetoric to the contrary, the Obama administration is on track to, at the very least, maintain the status quo on the war on drugs and possibly make things worse.
In April of this year, the Obama administration issued its “21st-Century Drug Policy Strategy“, dubbed an innovative new approach to our nation’s drug problem, emphasizing treatment over punishment.