Marijuana smokers should be held to the same standard as drinkers

It’s never been easier to smoke weed in the United States than it is today.

Marijuana is now legal to use, possess and grow in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and — as of last week — the District of Columbia.

Rica Madrid poses for a photograph as she rolls a joint in her home on the first day of legal possession of marijuana for recreational purposes, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

18 more permit the limited use of pot for medicinal purposes and, by 2020, it’s predicted that the number of states with full legal use will nearly quadruple.

The rapid succession of marijuana legalization has been made possible largely because of changing public opinion about the advantages of legalizing the drug.

In a September study, NerdWallet estimated that complete decriminalization of the plant would create an additional $3.1 billion in annual...

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