Patrick Leahy Floats Legalizing Marijuana Possession At Federal Level For Pro-Pot States

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) reached out to Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, on Thursday in an effort to find out how the federal government intends to deal with states like Colorado and Washington that have recently legalized marijuana possession.

In addition to seeking clarity about the administration’s plans, however, Leahy also offered a solution to allow the government to extricate itself from the situation of having to enforce federal laws that consider marijuana to be an illegal substance.

“One option would be to amend the Federal Controlled Substances Act to allow possession of up to one ounce of marijuana, at least in jurisdictions where it is legal under state law,” Leahy wrote.

The Federal Controlled Substances Act currently lists marijuana as a Schedule I drug, alongside heroin, LSD and ecstasy.

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  1. Anonymous on

    This isn’t going to come without severe regulation and taxation, and I suspect it will tiny steps at one time. That there are those at the Federal level even discussing this is a positive, IMO. Trying to expand this into a “State’s Rights” issue is understandable, but that’s a bridge that likely to long to cross.

  2. Mrs. Ratsrectum on

    Just to amend the CSA to allow only 1 ounce is shit. It still doesn’t solve the back door problem or keep the feds from raiding backyard pot gardens and other legal growers according to the state. But thanks, Pat. It’s a start. Keep the beat going on this. Something needs to be done, but we’re so totally beyond what Leahy is suggesting.

    Just get the feds out of the states altogether and leave it up to the states, except for matters of international necessity whereby the proper permits and import or export procedures are not being adhered to on purpose, blah, blah, blah, you know, where the states actually requested federal help.