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DEA admits state-level marijuana legalization…

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently acknowledged in a report that state-level marijuana legalization reduces instances of illegal interstate trafficking.

Not only is DEA recognizing the simple fact that people tend to prefer obtaining marijuana through legal channels … the agency also uses the operative word “until” when discussing the prospects of adult-use legalization … Justin Strekal, political director of NORML, told Marijuana Moment that DEA’s conclusion is “obvious.” “Just as the practice of bootlegging moonshine declined after the legalization of alcohol, so too would the smuggling of illicit market marijuana in a legal, regulated state,” he said. It’s a trend that “we’ve seen in practice for years in states all across the country.” Strekal also observed that the word “until”—rather than “if,” for example—shows that the Justice Department is cognizant of what’s increasingly viewed as the inevitability of legalization. “Their framing clearly indicate that the days of prohibition are nearly over,” he said. “We are living through the death rattles of prohibition.”

Original Article (Marijuana Moment):
DEA Admits State-Level Marijuana Legalization Reduces Illegal Market Demand
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