Presidential Debate Ignores Medical Marijuana Controversy

The controversy over the legalization of medical marijuana never came up in the first presidential debate, but it wasn’t for lack of trying.

A petition to get President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to answer at least one cannabis-related question in the debate was presented to the chairman of the Presidential Debate Commission, but the topic never came up.

But as the use of medical marijuana continues to gain public support, this election year could prove to be a turning point in the movement to legalize cannabis.

A 2011 Gallup poll says that 50 percent of Americans now believe that marijuana should be legalized for adult use. And voters in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington will decide this November whether to allow for the limited legalization of cannabis for adults.

In Los Angeles, the City Council just voted to repeal a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries it approved just a few months ago. It’s an act that leaves the city without a law regulating an estimated 1,000 pot stores.

Yet federal laws and state laws are often at odds, and for many who advocate legalization, until the federal law is changed, there will always be uncertainty among the states as to what they can and cannot do.

– Read the entire article at American News Report.