As you likely know, Washington and Colorado legalized recreational marijuana last year which has many bus accident lawyers watching their phones closely waiting for the next call about and impaired driving bus cases. Many states have worked to legalize the use of medical marijuana in their states, and some states have decriminalized the use of these drugs as well. That being said, there are a number of questions that come up – including how applicable the Federal ban on recreational marijuana use is.

States Vs. Feds

legalize marijuannaAs with many of these laws, it’s a question of whether the state has the right to make these determinations, or if the federal government does. The issue is, even though Washington and Colorado were both like “yes, we’re going to legalize it,” the Feds still don’t see it as a legal substance. It’s classified as a Controlled Substance, which means that it should be restricted on use. If that’s the case, then why did the states feel that they were able to step over that?  Much of it goes back to the questions of the Constitution, and what role the States vs. Federal Government fight does in this particular case.

What Should Be the Outcome?

So, now that the cases of these states are being brought to court, specifically by the states surrounding Colorado and Washington, what is the outcome even going to look like? For that matter, what should it look like, and what sort of difference does it make when it comes to the big picture of this debate?

It will all depend on the interpretation of the law, to be honest. Some people may see it as a federal thing, mainly because the Federal Government was the first to act on it; then followed by the states putting their own laws into it. But, other people may interpret it that, if it’s not mentioned in the Constitution, then it’s up to the states to decide about its legality and where it will be offered. Most likely it will be distributed from designated dispensaries (for example, a local facility like Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy) through prescriptions from a medical professional. It’s a really confusing, but important, question.

How do you think the courts will rule on this particular issue? What way do you think that they will swing, and how much of an impact will that make on the country?