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Marijuana legalization is policy, not a trend

Gary J. Hale

Marijuana legalization is policy, not a trend .

The Drug Enforcement Administration's ongoing opposition to marijuana legalization is not only a losing battle, but a waste of taxpayer money, says Gary Hale, a 31-year veteran of the DEA and nonresident fellow in drug policy at the Baker Institute. "Marijuana decriminalization and legalization have gone past being a trend and are settling in as federal policy, especially with costs outweighing the benefits of incarcerating so many otherwise nonviolent offenders," Hale writes.

Read the full op-ed in the July 16, 2014, Houston Chronicle.