I’ve been anticipating something along these lines could come up. It’ll be interesting to see how it plays out. Bear with me a minute here, will ya? If I get a detail wrong, feel free to jump in and correct me.
Back in 1998 D.C. overwhelmingly passed a medicinal cannabis law. Now the thing with D.C. is, though there’s a city council, everything that happens there must pass Congressional approval. A representative named Barr threw a wrench in the works by withholding federal funds. And that’s the way it went for 12 years.
In 2010 an Appropriations Bill changed that. Funds for medicinal cannabis were approved along with abortion, domestic partnerships, needle exchanges, etc.
So D.C. got their cannabis.
The Equal Protection clause of the U.S. Constitution says if Congress okays medicinal cannabis in D.C. then it can’t prohibit it in other parts of the country. Or rather, the voters of D.C. passed a medicinal cannabis law, so therefore, any other voters can do the same within their voting area (state?).
Yes, boys and girls, we have a court case, James v. the United States was filed by attorneys Farana, Welch and Pappas. At issue is voting rights. The hearing is set for March 26 before U.S. District Judge Andrew Guilford.
I’m no attorney. I’ve no idea what wiggle room the feds might have. I’m pretty sure this is going to be interesting though. Stay tuned!