Marijuana enthusiasts in Washington and Colorado may have celebrated a bit prematurely. Although weed was legalized as of yesterday, the Obama administration may be taking legal action against the states, undermining their new laws.
“In enacting the Controlled Substances Act, Congress determined that marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance,” Seattle-based U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said. “Regardless of any changes in state law, including the change that will go into effect on December 6 in Washington State, growing, selling or possessing any amount of marijuana remains illegal under federal law.”
However, many believe that taking a strict stand against marijuana may be an awful political move for the president.
It is said that such a stand would be “a slap in the dace to his base right after they’ve just handed a chance to realize his presidential dreams,” said Bruce Buchanan, a political science professor at the University of Texas in Austin.
But then again, this is the President’s last term- he doesn’t need the voters’ approval anymore. Hopefully he will do the right thing and stick to the promises that he made while running for the presidency- mainly, allowing the people to decide whether or not marijuana ought to be legalized.
Paul Hudson | Elite.