We're far from CLEARING THE SMOKE over recreational marijuana use. A new federal policy announced this past week takes a tough line. It's a challenge to states that have legalized use, including, most recently, the biggest state of all.Â"I've never experienced the spectrum of talking to cops while high," laughed Alex. "So I'm like, 'This is gonna be pretty cool!'" It's a sign of marijuana's growing acceptance. During the Drug Wars in the 1980s and '90s, stoners were afraid of cops.