Pundits have speculated her stance could be motivated by the political fate of her predecessor, Dwight Holton, who sharply criticized the law and led a crackdown on medical marijuana. His reward was a trouncing in the state attorney general primary earlier this month by an opponent who had a more measured approach. Of course, Marshall quickly moved into damage control mode after pro-pot groups took her statements to mean that she’s taking a hands-off approach to medical pot.
Here’s a novel idea. Let’s change marijuana’s classification from a schedule one drug down to a schedule two, three or four. Doing so would take the feds out of it entirely and save Ms. Marshall the verbal gymnastics and keep the federal government’s hands where they belong—off our bongs.