January 5, 2018
Yesterday, the Vermont House of Representatives approved legislation that will legalize the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana. The bill now goes to the Senate, where it will almost certainly be approved, and then on to the Governor, who has indicated that he will sign the bill into law.
But, fellow Vermonters, don’t fire up the smoking device of your choice just yet.
The Trump Administration has been rescinding just about every measure that the Obama Administration put in place, so it’s no surprise that yesterday Attorney General Sessions announced that he rescinded the Obama administration’s policy not to enforce federal marijuana laws in states where it’s legal.
I’m not sure this decision will have any impact on either the pending legislation or on how marijuana will be grown, marketed and consumed in Vermont. No federal prosecutor — no matter how conservative — is going to invest his or her officer’s resources going after small-time users and growers. In states where legalization is well-established, and where massive growing operations have developed in response to legalization, however, the results may well be different.
Whether you support legalization or not, I don’t think anyone can miss the irony in hearing conservatives preach about “state’s rights” at every opportunity, except when “states rights” cuts against their (so-called) principles.