Nation's mayors want state control of pot policies

Posted: June 24, 2013 at 4:44 p.m.

LAS VEGAS — The nation's mayors want the federal government to give states leeway in establishing marijuana policies.

The resolution was among dozens of symbolic measures that city leaders unanimously approved on Monday, the last day of the 81st annual U.S. Conference of Mayors conference in Las Vegas.

The mayors also urged Congress to adopt comprehensive immigration reform, expand background checks for firearm purchases, and establish an "Office of Urban Agriculture."

At the meeting, big-city leaders including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa talked about struggles with crime, foreclosures and unemployment while sharing leadership strategies.

Mayors from Philadelphia, Baltimore, Atlanta, Phoenix and about 200 other cities attended.

Vice President Joe Biden gave the keynote address focusing on the need for gun control legislation.


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