On April 19th Senat Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) announced he plans to introduce legislation that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. Assuming this bill gains bipartisan support (which seems to be growing in the House and Senate), could federal decriminalization of marijuana happen soon?
The Benefits of State Control
One of the key elements of Mr. Schumer’s proposed legislation is state control. Each US state would be allowed to decide if and how marijuana could be produced, distributed, and used within its borders. This approach honors our long tradition of federalism and allowing governance at the local level whenever possible. State control means that the citizens of each state can decide on the issue of legal cannabis using the democratic process.
State control of marijuana just makes sense. After all, the constitution never meant for the federal government to be all powerful. The 10th Amendment to the Constitution states:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people
Congress should honor the intent of the 10th amendment as it relates to the war on marijuana. Let the states decide this issue and remove the looming threat of federal law enforcement in states that choose legal cannabis.
How You Can Help
You can help support this legislation by writing or calling your elected representative in Congress. Ask them to support Sen. Schumer’s decriminalization of marijuana efforts. Tell your elected representatives that you support the right of each state to control cannabis production, distribution, and usage.