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June 24, 2013 at 1:06 PM

U.S. mayors tell feds to respect local pot laws

Prodded by mayors including Mike McGinn of Seattle and Marilyn Strickland of Tacoma, the U.S. Conference of Mayors adopted a resolution Monday urging the federal government to respect the abilities of states and cities to implement policies such as marijuana legalization.

The resolution carries no legal weight and was one of dozens adopted by the mayors’ group Monday, including resolutionsĀ onĀ “furthering the urban food revolution” and “eradicating bullying” in schools.

Also sponsored by the mayors of San Diego, Oakland and Berkeley, the resolution says “states and localities should be able to set whatever marijuana policies work best to improve the public safety and health of their communities.”

It calls on the federal government to amend the Controlled Substance Act to allow states to set their own pot policies and until that time, the mayors’ group urges President Obama to stop spending money on actions that undermine the marijuana laws of states.

The Obama administration has repeatedly said it is working on policy pertaining to Colorado and Washington, the two states that have legalized adult recreational use of pot. Meanwhile, all forms of marijuana remain illegal under federal law.

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