Debating the politics of pot (VIDEO)

August 23, 2013

For a very long time, pot was not something that politicians talked all that much about.

But in recent years, public attitudes on marijuana legalization have shifted considerably --  more than half of all Americans thought pot should be legal in Pew polling done earlier this year -- and, with them, politicians' stances on cannabis.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has openly speculated about changing his party's stance toward pot. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a measure that would allow medical marijuana for children. This week, White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest even got a question about pot.

We talked to Marijuana Policy Project's Dan Riffle about changing attitudes toward pot and what it might mean for policy in the country.

Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.
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