SENATE MIGHT BE VOTING ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S FEDERAL LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA
- December 19, 2018
Although more than 30 states have officially legalized the little green plant for medical purposes, marijuana is only widely accepted in 10 U.S. states (including the recent addition Michigan), but one sticky little problem remains: pot is still 100% illegal at the federal level. However, change might possibly be in the air if the efforts of one Republican senator pull through. Sometime soon, the Senate may be voting on the legalization of marijuana on the federal level, a goal put into place by President Donald Trump, if a prison reform bill can be put through the system by Colorado Senator Cory Gardner. Ultimately, the president also proclaimed he would support federal legalization, but only if the prison bill was passed. What else can we expect? Let’s take a closer look at this situation and find out more information.
Redirecting Attention to the Bill of Rights
According to Senator Gardner, the legalization of marijuana on the state level is completely protected by the United States Bill of Rights. On Monday, December 17, 2018, the Colorado lawmaker reminded the public of the 227th anniversary of the 10th Amendment, stating that powers unreserved by the government are completely handed over to the people. Ultimately, Gardner could not think of a more suitable way to honor this guiding principle than implementing the First Step Act, a prison/sentencing reform bill, and combining it with marijuana legalization on the federal level.
Marijuana Will Be Exempt from the CSA
If this amendment is approved, marijuana activities compliant with state law and Tribal Law will no longer be restricted at the federal level. Obviously, though, activities such as drug trafficking and marijuana misdemeanors will not be included as “rights of the people.” While we cannot guarantee Gardner’s success with the First Step Act at this time, this story itself does provide some promise to people who are struggling to get medication, despite the state laws about recreational and medical use. Could we be one step closer to following in the footsteps of our neighbor Canada? For now, we’ll just have to wait and see.
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