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Guest column: It's time to end failed war on marijuana

6:20 PM, Jun. 5, 2013
FILE - This Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 file photo shows a medical marijuana plant at a dispensary in Seattle. Increased use of medical marijuana may lead to more young children getting sick from accidentally eating food made with the drug, a Colorado study suggests. The study was released Monday, May 27, 2013 in JAMA Pediatrics. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
FILE - This Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 file photo shows a medical marijuana plant at a dispensary in Seattle. Increased use of medical marijuana may lead to more young children getting sick from accidentally eating food made with the drug, a Colorado study suggests. The study was released Monday, May 27, 2013 in JAMA Pediatrics. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
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Marijuana has become the drug of choice for police departments nationwide - a trend that is playing out with serious consequences here in Brown County.

According to a new report released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union, police have turned much of their zeal for fighting the failed War on Drugs toward the enforcement of marijuana laws in communities across Wisconsin and the country.

In 2010, cops in Wisconsin busted someone for having marijuana once every 28 minutes. The majority of these arrests are happening in communities of color. Despite roughly comparable usage rates, ...

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