Up in Smoke?

The GOP's views on marijuana are showing signs of a shift

Ken Cuccinelli had a surprise in store when he stepped to a podium at the University of Virginia on Feb. 6. The commonwealth's conservative attorney general stunned the auditorium crammed with liberal college kids by citing the "fascinating experiment" under way in Colorado and Washington, states where voters legalized marijuana in landmark referendums last fall. "I'm not at all unhappy that they're doing it," he said, noting that his views on drug enforcement are "evolving."

It's a perspective often voiced in late-night dorm-room discussions but rarely uttered by an ascendant Republican running for governor. Yet as the push to legalize pot...

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