President Obama is elected to his second term, Washington and Colorado have sent strong messages; and, California is led by Governor Moonbeam with a Democratic super-majority.
Imagine that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius announces in the coming days that cannabis has been removed from Schedule 1:
The HHS Secretary can even unilaterally legalize cannabis: "[I]f the Secretary recommends that a drug or other substance not be controlled, the Attorney General shall not control the drug or other substance."a federal tax rate is adopted; and, she proposes that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives become the lead agency in enforcement provided that states can craft law to cultivate and distribute.
Montana has already trained a generation of growers. The state enjoys numerous brewery pubs and wine tasting venues for local product.
I've proposed that Deadwood get out ahead and draft legislation to make it a cannabis friendly zone in its quest to become an adult destination.
Assuming that home growing law looks like home brewing and wine making, what would state law need to include about liability insurance requirements for commercial resale and how would law enforcement be guided by probable cause?
Between 2000 and 2012 prison admission for drug offenses grew 55%Anti-concurrent causation clause: expect to hear that phrase in state legislatures.