Were these states to form their own country, it would be the nineteenth largest country in the world — larger than the United Kingdom and France.
This new reality has already made itself felt in federal policy.
In 2017, Congress voted to deny the Justice Department funds to enforce federal laws against medicinal marijuana.
And when now-outgoing US Attorney General Sessions announced plans to crack down on marijuana use that had already been legalized at the state level, he received bipartisan opposition in Congress. Not even republicans in Congress from pro-legalization states want anything to do with a ratcheting up of the Drug War.
Also pending in Washington is the “Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act” which, is essentially a “states’ rights” bill supported by both parties in the name of reining in the drug war. Its purpose is to recognize what the Tenth Amendment already makes clear: that the federal government has no authority to dictate to states as to what people can eat or smoke.
One shouldn’t expect many politicians to apply this philosophy across the board, although recognizing the importance of decentralization in the Drug War is a good first step.
Trump has suggested he will support the bill.
Illinois and New Hampshire may be next on the list for legalization, perhaps in 2020.
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