News Editorial

Both Sides of the Mouth

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
Editorial Director
Residential Life Magazine

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