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Not to overwork the subject, but this opinion was remarkable for where it came from.

John McKay just a few years back was the well-regarded (and Bush-dismissed) U.S. attorney for the western district of Washington, and responsible among other things for prosecuting federal drug laws. Now, he says that – while he still thinks marijuana users “are idiots” – the law making the substance illegal is so counterproductive that it should be repealed. Marijuana should be regulated and taxed, he said, the way alcohol is now.

And this: “I’m not afraid to say out loud what most of my former colleagues know is true: Our marijuana policy is dangerous and wrong …” Many who don’t speak out, he said, are afraid of being cast as soft on crime.

McKay is not soft on crime, and neither is his position on pot.

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