Jared Polis

Group tries to teach lawmakers how to talk about pot

Group tries to teach lawmakers how to talk about pot

After all the avoidance, the awkwardness and the blunders, it was obvious that help was needed: Someone had to explain to these people how to talk about drugs.

Few conversations flummox members of Congress more than the one over legalizing marijuana. As public opinion rapidly shifts, lawmakers have ducked, dodged and bobbed. The prevailing Capitol Hill mind-set is that pot is a political loser. The country is divided, the thinking goes, and the safe path is to sidestep the minefield.

Increasingly, however, avoidance does not work. As more states legalize either medical or recreational marijuana use, members of Congress are being asked to take positions. The results are often...

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