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Federal Marijuana Law Challenged by Justice Thomas

Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday, the federal government may no longer have the power to intervene in national legalized marijuana powers.In a statement, Thomas commented on the denial of certiorari in a tax case involving a marijuana business.According to Thomas, the 2005 case upholding the federal government’s authority to prohibit local marijuana use was based on comprehensive legislation governing the interstate marijuana market.

The federal government’s current “half-in, half-out” approach, which tolerates but prohibits local marijuana use, he claims, has undermined the 2005 decision. Thirty-six states permit medical marijuana use, and 18 states permit recreational marijuana use.

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