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Commentary: Audio: Congressman Kevin Cramer says he’s open to leaving marijuana legalization up to the states

North Dakotans are taking steps toward legalizing marijuana.

Last year voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure legalizing medical marijuana. After some tweaking by lawmakers earlier this year, state officials are in the process of implementing it. Now another ballot measure submitted to the Secretary of State this week would remove the criminalization of marijuana from the state’s statutes entirely.

But there is a complicating factor in all of this: In the eyes of the federal government marijuana remains an illegal drug in the same classification as narcotics like heroin. It’s difficult to implement policy legalizing marijuana at the state level when we must rely on the forbearance of the federal government when it comes to enforcing their on-going prohibition.

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