Indicating they're more progressive -- and realistic -- when it comes to marijuana than their federal counterparts, on June 24th approximately 200 city mayors from across America adopted a resolution demanding the U.S. government back off from enforcing pot laws in cities and states that have decriminalized or legalized either recreational or medicinal cannabis.
The pro-pot resolution was the most newsworthy highlight on the final day of the 81st U.S. Conference of Mayors held this past weekend in Las Vegas. Formally sponsored by Revere, Massachusetts Mayor Daniel Rizzo, the resolution read in part: "...states and localities should be able to set whatever marijuana policies work best to improve the public safety and health of their communities."
As reported by USA Today, Mayor Stephen Cassidy of San Leandro, CA, a suburb of San Francisco, issued a subsequent statement amplifying the release of the resolution: "Voters in states and cities that wish to break the stranglehold of organized crime over the distribution and sale of marijuana in their communities by legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana should have the option of doing so."
Vice President Joe Biden was on hand to deliver the keynote address which focused on gun control legislation. Emblematic of the Feds' approach to marijuana, the Veep conveniently avoided the obvious connection between drug prohibition and gun violence.
Also disappointing was the absence of New York's Michael Bloomberg. Given his recent outrageously moronic comment that medical marijuana is one of the "great hoaxes of all time," it would have been interesting to see his reaction to the positive pot position his contemporaries favored. Still, the purely symbolic resolution was a powerful statement by many of the nation's mayors and a sign of the increasing divide between the Feds and local governments and their citizenry when it comes to marijuana.