Legislators from states across the land are fed up with federal authorities telling them how to and how not to make marijuana policy.
The National Conference of State Legislatures recently voted in favor of a resolution that demands that national laws “be amended to explicitly allow states to set their own marijuana and hemp policies.”
The resolution argues that the feds “cannot force a state to criminalize” cultivation, possession or distribution because doing so would be unconstitutional.
The language is similar to that of a resolution passed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 2013. That one was written by the group Marijuana Majority.
After the mayors expressed their frustration with federal marijuana policy, the Obama administration said it would back off of enforcement in marijuana-legal states, at least on paper.
Obviously, it’s still an issue.
Tom Angell, Chairman of Marijuana Majority, says:
While the Obama administration has made some helpful accommodations for states to move forward with their own marijuana policies, overarching federal prohibition laws still stand in the way of full and effective implementation. These state lawmakers are demanding that the federal government stop impeding their ability to set and carry out marijuana laws that work best for their own communities, and Congress should listen. Polls show that an overwhelming majority of Americans want the feds to get out of the way, and national politicians would do well to take note of what their constituents are saying.