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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 12/14/2012

Leahy to fuzz: Be cool with a little stash

(J. Scott Applewhite - AP)
Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy already has fans among the pothead set. After all, he’s paid tribute to jam band Phish on the Senate floor — and he hangs out with groovy ice cream makers Ben and Jerry (among their flavors: Half Baked).

Now the Vermont Democrat is holding a hearing on their favorite topic, marijuana. Leahy says he plans to hold a session in the new Congress to examine how federal laws and enforcement square with new state laws legalizing pot. In a letter to drug czar Gil Kerlikowske, Leahy even suggested that the feds ease up and be cool about a little personal stash: “One option would be to amend the Federal Controlled Substances Act to allow possession of up to one ounce of marijuana, at least in jurisdictions where it is legal under state law,” he wrote.

And President Obama, too, might have won some kudos from smokers when he said in a new interview that his administration wouldn’t waste time going after recreational users in Colorado and Washington, which legalized small amounts. “We’ve got bigger fish to fry,” he told ABC.

Sounds like a a case of the munchies.

By  |  11:15 AM ET, 12/14/2012

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