Marijuana & States Rights

The decision by Attorney General Sessions and the Department of Justice to rescind the previous federal policy of nonenforcement of federal marijuana laws is counterproductive.

It is well documented that there are productive uses for marijuana, specifically for medical purposes; I personally believe that this is the most beneficial use for it. I do not think it should be criminalized or considered a Class I drug federally. As states continue to legalize Marijuana, the federal government needs to reconcile its position on this against the clear direction which the states are moving.

This is a States Rights issue. The 10th Amendment states that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” If a state has made legal the use of marijuana by a vote of the people, then the federal government should respect that, and not overreach by creating more bureaucracy to fight against the will of the states. Rep. McMorris-Rodgers would do well to re-read this Amendment, as she clearly has no regard for it in supporting this administration’s decision.

In respect of the 10th Amendment, I support the bipartisan “Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017” (H.R.975). Per it’s summary, “This bill amends the Controlled Substances Act to provide that the Act's regulatory controls and administrative, civil, and criminal penalties do not apply to a person who produces, possesses, distributes, dispenses, administers, or delivers marijuana in compliance with state laws.”

Also, this ignores much bigger issues related to drug use in American. Everyday, Americans are dying because the opioid epidemic and heroin use. If the the federal government wants to be helpful on issues of drug use, this is where the attention should go.

When elected, I will focus on the true drug epidemic in this country and always protect states rights.