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Opinion page editor Rick Holmes and other writers blog about national politics and issues. Holmes & Co. is a Blog for Independent Minds, a place for a free-flowing discussion of policy, news and opinion. This blog is the online cousin of the Opinion section of the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Mass. As such, our focus starts there and spreads to include Massachusetts, the nation and the world. Since successful blogs create communities of readers and writers, we hope the \x34& Co.\x34 will also come to include you.
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By Rick Holmes
June 9, 2013 12:15 p.m.



Legal WeedIn this week’s column, I take note of the calm, orderly way most politicians, government officials and citizens are handling the rapid loosening of restrictions on marijuana. In Massachusetts, regulations have been created over the last few months governing medical marijuana, without hysteria or rancor.  Even Framingham Town Meeting, no haven for hipsters, voted against putting a moratorium on marijuana dispensaries.  Colorado has witnessed a similarly civil process while it established rules for legal recreational marijuana.

Meanwhile, a new report on marijuana arrests released by the ACLU exposes the continuing toll the war on marijuana is taking in money wasted and lives ruined.

In related columns in Sunday’s MWDN:

Governor’s Councillor Bob Jubinville says he wants judges in state courts who have empathy for people with mental illness and an understanding of the virtues of treating drug addiction instead of punishing it.

George Will found one of those unicorns some of us hope will help lead Congress out of gridlock: A top liberal (Pat Leahy) and a top libertarian (Rand Paul) working together to look at ways to prune back the redundant laws and self-defeating sentencing rule in the federal criminal code.

On a beautiful spring Sunday, it’s nice to find some positive movement on something.

 

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