The citizens of Washington State and Colorado have thumbed their noses at the DEA.
Yeah, I know the passing of the peoples’ initiatives is old news. It happened a week ago tomorrow. I’ve had a ‘thing’ happen in my personal life that’s had me rather bummed. I won’t go into it. I’ll just say my head’s starting to come back around. “Back around” as much as it ever has been, I guess.
So what happens when the citizens of two states tell the federal government to pound sand? Remember now, what’s happened in those two states is not a result of their respective legislatures. A bill wasn’t passed through a house and senate. A governor didn’t sign a bill into law.
The people pulled together signatures for a vote to appear on a ballot. The people voted in favor of “legalizing” cannabis. But there’s a fly in the ointment. Maybe several.
Being a Washington resident I’m familiar with our recently passed initiative. Colorado’s, not so much. I’ll address the efforts of my fellow state citizens.
Our initiative has the state regulating the cultivation, distribution and final sales of cannabis under the auspices of the state liquor board. “Waiter… what’s this fly doing in my soup?!” “Backstroke,” indeed.
This is where the USDOJ will toss a wrench. They will point out cannabis is a schedule I drug. They will point to the Commerce Clause. Will the state of Washington attempt to defend its citizens? Or will the state simply fold thereby killing the whole retail sales scheme? If the state does throw in the towel what will that mean in the long run? I’m writing of a state that won’t go to bat for its people. Think about it.
Along with the efforts of WA. and CO. five Michigan municipalities voted to either decriminalize cannabis possession or make it the lowest of law enforcement priorities. Massachusetts overwhelmingly voted in medicinal cannabis (63% yes, 37% no).
You would think the DEA and the USDOJ would reevaluate their stance, wouldn’t you? How long, do you suppose, they can perpetuate their ludicrous stance?
And what if ASA wins their court case, and cannabis is ordered to be rescheduled by a U.S. Court of Appeal? That would be a neat little twist, eh?
Grab the popcorn, stay tuned!