Nullification Works: Republicans Look to Legalize Marijuana as States Ignore Federal Drug War

Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“Over the past decade, as more and more states have legalized marijuana, it has become increasingly clear that state nullification of federal marijuana prohibition is winning. Were it not for more than a dozen US states refusing to enforce federal marijuana laws, there is no way that we’d now be seeing realistic bipartisan efforts to overturn the federal ban. This has only happened because state governments have refused to cooperate. While opponents of this strategy claimed that the federal government would never tolerate states ignoring federal drug laws, the opposite has happened. … There’s an important lesson here: true reform of federal laws may often have to begin at the state level to make any difference or create any actual change.” (11/15/21)