2016 is likely to open the floodgates on legal marijuana in the U.S. Over a dozen states are expected to run ballots for medical and recreational weed, and it’s super duper likely that California will full on legalize the same year.
But a couple other things are going to get decided in the 2016 elections, like for instance the next leader of the free world. Obama’s administration has been pretty chill with states doing their thing as far as marijuana goes, but since dro is still a federal no-no, our next president could pretty much put an end to state-run marijuana programs without even doing any legislation.
The federal government is currently within their rights to criminally prosecute anyone who produces or sells marijuana in the nation. All that has to happen to make that so is have the president wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Or say, have our country elect a new president who was born on the wrong side of the bed.
Which is why a new bill submitted by Representative Diana DeGette (D-Colorado) could be the safeguard states like Colorado, Washington or California would need against the White House of the future. The “Respect States’ and Citizens’ Rights Act” would block the federal government from f-ing with the marijuana laws state legislators have put so much thought and time into in order to best serve the people of their state.
“The threat of adverse federal action remains,” said DeGette. “Especially if a future president to this one approaches marijuana issues differently.”
If that future president were Chris Christie, for example, we’d have a Commander in Chief who has spoken out more than once about his plan to shut down state-run marijuana programs. “Look at the decrease in productivity,” Christie said at a recent GOP presidential debate. “Look at the way people get used and move on to other drugs when they use marijuana as a gateway drug.”
Current GOP frunt runner Donald Trump has contradicted himself on the issue, but recently said that though he thinks marijuana is “bad,” he believes that states should have the right to do what they want vis-a-vis the tweed, saying, “If they vote for it, they vote for it.”
Other Republican contenders are divided on the issues. Rand Paul (of course) is in favor of state rights and Jeb Bush (who has admitted to sipping a little pot in the past) says it should be a state issue, while Carly Fiorina says marijuana is more dangerous than some of her rivals give it credit for and “not the same as the marijuana that Jeb Bush smoked 40 years ago.” Which is probably true, except Fiorina forgets that Bush grew up mega rich and privileged so he probably had some pretty advanced super weed at his disposal.
The split opinion of White House hopefuls regarding marijuana is the reason why the future of weed in America is so uncertain. If DeGette’s proposed bill, which will hopefully go before the House soon, goes through, it will ensure that all the work states have done to protect the small business owners and medical patients of their states wasn’t for nothing.