The next president could rip up the federal memo that lets Oregon, Washington and other states allow sales of recreational marijuana while the drug remains forbidden under federal law.
Most experts who follow marijuana policy say they doubt a newly elected president would try to shut down pot sales when polls show that a majority of Americans support legalization.
But some of the leading Republican presidential candidates – including retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio – criticize the Obama administration for allowing states to have recreational marijuana sales and suggest they’ll put legal ganja back in the bottle.
As a result, this could be the most consequential presidential election on pot since 1980. That’s when Ronald Reagan won the White House and discouraged states from decriminalizing possession while launching a stern “Just Say No to Drugs” approach. [Read more at the Portland Oregonian]