Editorial: Let states control medical marijuana

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Justice Department have enough problems and challenges on their hands without trying to undo sensible federal policy regarding marijuana laws approved in 29 states.

Furthermore, asking Congress to repeal the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, passed in 2014, would cause confusion, invite litigation from more than half of the U.S. states and, contrary to Sessions’ thinking, divert the Justice Department’s attention from the grave threats posed by trafficking in heroin, fentanyl and other deadly opioids.

The amendment — named for its sponsors from California, Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican, and Democrat Sam Farr — was a response to the growing, state-by-state movement to legalize marijuana for at least medicinal purposes. (Eight of the 29 states where pot is legal in some form also allow its use for recreational purposes.)

In short, the much-needed amendment prevented the Justice Department from expending federal funds on efforts to stop states “from implementing their own state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana.”

 

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