The New York Times recently featured an article urging the federal government to lead the way in legalizing marijuana. It is great that they are drawing attention to the cause, but politicians are too spineless to come out in support of this.
The majority of Americans favor ending marijuana prohibition in nationwide polls, and four states (Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Colorado) as well as Washington, D.C., have legalized it for adults 21 and over. Ohio residents will be able to vote on legalization via ballot initiative in 2016, as well as Nevada and Michigan.
Pennsylvania should be next to put it on the ballot as a constitutional amendment.
It is ridiculous that popular bills continue to be blocked in legislative committees by politicians who take donations from special interest groups that profit from keeping marijuana illegal.
In Pennsylvania, a representative can introduce legislation by request of a constituent to put an issue to a vote by all voters. This is exactly what should be done to decide the matter.