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Patrick Kennedy criticized for trying to keep marijuana illegal

WASHINGTON _ Former Rhode Island congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, a recovering addict, may seem an unlikely person to spearhead a nationwide campaign to stymie efforts to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

“I am not the best messenger on this but I am a concerned citizen,” the son of the late Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy and longtime mental health advocate, acknowledged in an interview.

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