Clarence Thomas says federal marijuana laws may no longer be necessary
WASHINGTON D.C. – Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said Monday that federal laws against marijuana may no longer make sense, NBC News reports.
Thomas said the hodgepodge of federal policies against the use or cultivation of marijuana ‘may no longer be necessary or proper to support the federal government’s piecemeal approach.’
The Supreme Court justice made his statement after the court declined to hear an appeal for a Colorado medical marijuana dispensary that was denied certain federal tax breaks.
Thomas said a 2005 Supreme Court ruling that upholds federal laws making marijuana possession illegal may be out of date, NBC News reports.
“Federal policies of the past 16 years have greatly undermined its reasoning,” Thomas said. “The federal government’s current approach is a half-in, half-out regime that simultaneously tolerates and forbids local use of marijuana.”
Over 35 states allow medical marijuana with 18 of them also allowing recreational use. Federal tax law, however, does not allow marijuana businesses to deduct business expenses.
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