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Initiatives to make marijuana the “lowest law enforcement priority” are on ballots in five cities this year – California’s Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Santa Monica, as well as Missoula, Montana and Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It’s not quite as goofy an idea as it sounds – similar measures have already passed in Seattle and Oakland. No big surprise that three coastal California towns are thinking of following suit – but it sure does make me curious about Eureka Springs.

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