Legalization of Marijuana

Background Info.

Louisiana lawmaker wants voters to decide whether the personal use of marijuana should be legal in their state, and he thinks their collective response could be a resounding yes. Rep. Dalton Honore, a Democrat representing Baton Rouge, filed a bill in the House last week that would legalize recreational pot use in Louisiana for adults 21 or older, according to KATC TV-3. It would also set up a system for cannabis to be grown, dispensed and taxed. Before it can go before voters, Honore’s House Bill 117 would have to be approved by lawmakers before June 8. The House convenes in mid-April for the 2015 legislative session.
The use, possession, sale, cultivation, and transportation of cannabis in the United States under federal law is illegal but the federal government has announced that if a state wants to pass a law to decriminalize cannabis for recreational or medical use they can do so, but they need to have a regulation system in place for cannabis. Cannabis is listed as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.


Nationally, the government cannot intervene with the bills that are being passed in the state

In the state, the bill must pass through Louisiana Lawmakers in order for the citizens to vote on the bill.

Locally, the citizens must vote to decide whether or not marijuana should be legalized in their state.

Federalism

I honestly believe that the federal government should propose a national law over the legalization of marijuana so that there isn’t any conflict between the states.Legalizing and regulating marijuana will bring the nation's largest cash crop under the rule of law, creating jobs and economic opportunities in the formal economy instead of the illicit market. Scarce law enforcement resources that could be better used to protect public safety would be preserved while reducing corrections and court costs. State and local governments would acquire significant new sources of tax revenue from regulating marijuana sales.