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Even messier than gay marriage, the wild inconsistencies of marijuana policies across the nation are really too chaotic for anyone to keep up with. In the span of a week, the federal government came out in support of medical marijuana, and two states neighboring Colorado sued the weed mecca over its lax laws.
Congress's shift on medical marijuana policy came rolled up in a massive spending bill that President Barack Obama signed into law on Tuesday. For the first time, the federal government is giving individual states the option to decide whether weed has any medicinal value.
At the same time, Nebraska and Oklahoma are trying to have their own say in whether Colorado gets to have medical and recreational marijuana. They've asked the Supreme Court to renege on Colorado's full legalization in a well-if-we-won't-give-our-people-nice-things-you-can't-have-them-either lawsuit, citing difficulties prosecuting marijuana possession spillage at the border.
Caught in the middle of the shitstorm are parents trying to treat their kids' chronic pain and patients stopped on the road between states.More »