Suthers, Polis debate legalizing marijuana

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Colorado’s most prominent politicians for and against legalizing marijuana are talking about the question today in Vail.

Democratic Rep. Jared Polis and Republican Attorney General John Suthers are among the participants in a discussion at the Vail Symposium.

Polis says the federal government should end marijuana prohibition and let states decide whether to allow the drug. Suthers argues that pot legalization is a bad idea because it could increase drug use among young people.

Also at the symposium are a retired Drug Enforcement Administration agent and the head of the New York-based Drug Policy Alliance, which advocates for decriminalizing drugs.