In the wake the Trump administrations stance on marijuana in legal states, two new bills have been introduced to congress that would protect the rights of individuals in legal and medical states who are complying with state cannabis laws. One bill would rule out federal prosecution for anyone following state laws, while another seeks to end federal cannabis prohibition entirely, removing cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act.
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It appears that state governments and newly elected/ appointed federal officials seem to be at an impasse when it comes to marijuana laws. Newly appointed Attorney General, Jeff Sessions - who has a history of being in staunch opposition to legal marijuana and is also as a big proponent of marijuana enforcement on a federal level - recently commented that - "States ... can pass the laws they choose. I would just say it does remain a violation of federal law to distribute marijuana throughout any place in the United States, whether a state legalizes it or not.” Not only have these statements echoed anti-marijuana sentiments made by the Trump and administration, but they have also more than implied the possibility of federal crackdowns in states with legal marijuana programs.
While the DEA and its agents undoubtedly work hard to keep drugs out of the hands of criminals and minors; it seems as if some of their policies may have become archaic. Despite the abundance of research studies and surmounting evidence outlining the medicinal benefits of cannabis, on the morning of August 11th, the DEA announced that it would decline to reclassify cannabis (currently a schedule one narcotic) under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).