Clarence Thomas announces the end of federal marijuana regulations

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas surprised many on Monday when he issued a dissent asserting that federal laws pertaining to marijuana “may no longer be necessary” because of the “piecemeal,” “half-in, half-out” approach to regulating the drug, as The Hill reports.

Thomas’ comments came in the context of a case in which the court declined to hear an appeal from a medical marijuana dispensary in Colorado that was denied the same type of deferential federal tax treatment that other businesses receive, simply because the drug remains illegal under federal statute, regardless of state law permitting its sale and use.

As the New York Post noted, the longtime conservative jurist lamented the fact that federal tolerance for state-level legalization has resulted over the years in a “half-in, half-out regime that simultaneously tolerates and forbids local use of marijuana,” not to mention a “contradictory and unstable state of affairs,” that “strains basic principles of federalism and conceals traps for the unwary.”

Given the current situation, Thomas opined, “[a] prohibition on intrastate use or cultivation of marijuana may no longer be necessary or property support the Federal Government’s piecemeal approach.”

Undergirding Thomas’ point is the fact that the Justice Department has advised federal prosecutors across the country not to proceed in cases against marijuana enterprises that are in compliance with state law. Yet, at the same time, the Internal Revenue Service still enforces federal tax rules against growers and sellers alike, as NBC News pointed out.

The disjointed approach to marijuana regulation has led to a governmental “willingness to look the other way on marijuana” that Thomas declared “more episodic than coherent,” and puts individuals who cooperate fully with state regulations at risk of inadvertently running afoul of federal laws and facing severe consequences as a result.

Whether Thomas’ dissent will lay the groundwork for acceptance of a future case at the high court dealing with the issues raised remains to be seen, but there is certainly confusion and disagreement at the highest levels of government as to the proper course of action in this realm.

President Joe Biden has previously voiced his own opposition to legalization of marijuana at the federal level, and his White House has taken disciplinary and employment actions against staffers who admitted prior pot use. At the same time, however, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has long pledged to introduce legislation designed to effect what he calls “long overdue” reform on the issue.

With 18 states, two territories and the District of Columbia having already legalized recreational marijuana use, and recent polling that suggests over two-thirds of American adults support that trend, it seems likely that the points made by Thomas will indeed require reconciliation from the full bench sooner rather than later.

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
18 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

JanieCheatham (@guest_376545)
Guest
1 month ago

If You Are On A L00k out For A Way T0 Earn Your First Dollar Online You Can Stop Searching!
Start Now With This Award Winning Program And Receive Your First Paycheck FCRRu Within A Week!
Find out more here >>> 𝗷𝗼𝗯𝘀𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗸𝘀𝟮𝟰.𝗰𝗳

VictoriaSimpson (@guest_376531)
Guest
1 month ago

If You Are On A L00k out For A Way T0 Earn Your First Dollar Online You Can Stop Searching!
Start Now With This Award Winning Program And FCDb Receive Your First Paycheck Within A Week!
Find out more here >>> 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝘀𝟱𝟯.𝘁𝗸

alicia regina cervera (@guest_376521)
Guest
1 month ago

yeah, just like unter!!!!!

Isabelle Rice (@guest_376510)
Guest
1 month ago

Start working at home with G00gle! It’s by-far the best job I’ve had.KJH Last Wednesday I got a brand new BMW since getting a check for $6474 this – 4 weeks past. I began this 8-months ago and immediately was bringing home at least $77 per hour.

I work thr0ugh this link, G0 to tech tab for work detail.………__>>> 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐬𝟓𝟔.𝐓𝐤

Keith (@guest_376487)
Guest
1 month ago

Start working at home with G00gle! It’s by-far the best job I’ve had. Last Wednesday I got a brand new BMW since getting a check for $6474 this – 4 weeks past. I began this 8-months ago and immediately was bringing home at least $77 per hour.

I work thr0ugh this link, G0 to tech tab for work detail.………__>>>➤➤ 𝐰𝐰𝐰.𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐩.𝟔𝟔𝐠𝐡𝐳.𝐜𝐨𝐦 ●☚

Jasmine (@guest_376355)
Guest
1 month ago

If You Are On A L00k out For A Way T0 Earn Your First Dollar Online You Can Stop Searching!
Start Now With This Award Winning Program And Receive Your FCDq First Paycheck Within A Week!
Find out more here >>> 𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐡𝟏.𝐭𝐤

Anna (@guest_376315)
Guest
1 month ago

Start working at home with G00gle! It’s by-far the best job I’ve had. Last Wednesday I got a brand new BMW since getting a check for $6474 this – 4 weeks past.fgv I began this 8-months ago and immediately was bringing home at least $77 per hour.

I work thr0ugh this link, G0 to tech tab for work detail.………__>>> 𝗲𝗖𝗮𝘀𝗵𝟭.𝘁𝗞

Stevo (@guest_376178)
Guest
1 month ago

If you are a democrat , you probably already are , proven by voting for criminals !

Sara (@guest_376560)
Guest
Reply to  Stevo
1 month ago

Start working at home with G00gle! It’s by-far the best job I’ve had. Last Wednesday I got a brand new BMW since getting a check for $6474 this – 4 weeks past.fgv I began this 8-months ago and immediately was bringing home at least $77 per hour.

I work thr0ugh this link, G0 to tech tab for work detail.………__>>> 𝐰𝐰𝐰.𝐂𝐚𝐬𝐡𝐀𝐩𝐩𝟑.𝐜𝐨𝐦

Brian (@guest_376177)
Guest
1 month ago

It has been proven to be a drug that impairs you. Combined with alcohol it is even worse. But there is no way to determine HOW impaired you are as opposed to alcohol. Cross country truck drivers and government job holders have to take drug tests for marijuana and could result in them being terminated. Even if holding a medical use card. Way too many holes. Take back the legalities and stop this industry and all the illegal pot houses that have started up too.

Nick Cignetti (@guest_376170)
Guest
1 month ago

Let’s just make this country a bunch of pot heads.

cozycalico (@guest_376176)
Guest
Reply to  Nick Cignetti
1 month ago

People who want drugs or pot will get it legal oar not. It is a sickness and terrible for those who allow themselves to get hooked on it. It is usually people who have very low self esteem due to one reason or another. It is sad.

Stephen Russell (@guest_376167)
Guest
1 month ago

Hooray done nationwide

Harriet Knowles (@guest_376155)
Guest
1 month ago

If You Are On A L00k out For A Way T0 Earn Your First Dollar Online You Can Stop Searching!
Start Now With This Award Winning Program And Receive Your First Paycheck Within A Week!
Find out more here >>> 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐬𝟓𝟔.𝐓𝐤

julia (@guest_376092)
Guest
1 month ago

uptil I saw the check for $8819, I did not believe that my cousin actualy taking home money in their spare time from there computar.. there uncle started doing this for only nine months and a short time ago paid for the dept on there mini mansion and bourt a brand new Ariel Atom.

read here……………………………… 𝗪𝘄𝘄.𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐡𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐲𝟏.𝐭𝐤

Elaine (@guest_376066)
Guest
1 month ago

This online job is best for students. Because no experience is required..Boom..Check this.. 𝐖𝐰𝐰.𝐬𝐰𝐢𝐩𝐞𝟐𝟐.𝐜𝐨𝐦

GabriellaKnipe (@guest_375972)
Guest
1 month ago

If You Are On A L00k out For A Way T0 Earn Your First Dollar Online You Can Stop Searching!
Start Now With This Award Winning Program And Receive Your First Paycheck FCRu Within A Week!
Find out more here >>> 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞𝟎𝟑.𝐭𝐤

EliseCarter (@guest_375888)
Guest
1 month ago

If You Are On A L00k out For A Way T0 Earn Your First Dollar Online You Can Stop Searching!
Start Now With This Award Winning Program And Receive Your First Paycheck FCRu Within A Week!
Find out more here >>> 𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐡𝟏.𝐭𝐤

18
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x