The U.S. government is cracking down on legal marijuana. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday that the Justice Department will seek to roll back an Obama-era policy where Federal officials don’t challenge state laws allowing cannabis use — both medically and recreationally.
This week, California launched state-wide sales of recreational marijuana, following a voter mandate. Seven other states have approved cannabis for personal use. Regardless of where you stand on the topic, just the threat of bypassing state laws is concerning. For a member of the party that has long pushed for “state’s rights,” this is, at the least, a hypocritical move.
It will be interesting to see if this goes the way of gay marriage, where lawmakers — weary of a years-long state versus Federal law back-and-forth — made civil unions the unequivocal law of the land. In that perspective, nation-wide recreational marijuana may not be too far off.
by France Kahyline
Residential Life Magazine