Shirola: It’s time to legalize marijuana at the federal level

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This is the first column in “Failed Policy,” a series examining the history of drugs and drug policy in the United States since its founding. Marijuana has a long and interesting history in the United States. While our country has only been around for a few hundred years, marijuana, the dried and shredded flowers and leaves of the hemp plant, has existed for ages. There is evidence that marijuana was widely used for medicinal and spiritual purposes in ancient China.

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