Former Rep. John Delaney said Sunday that he supports the federal government getting out of the way of states that want to legalize or decriminalize marijuana, adding that he believes the drug should be re-scheduled on the federal level.
Delaney, who was responding to a question about immigration and how the government can eliminate the markets for illegal drugs, said “having these things being sold in the shadows” was a big reason for trafficking.
“It is why, in many ways, there’s such a movement at the state level to legalize marijuana, to decriminalize it, and at a minimum to allow it to be legal for medical purposes,” he said. “And I think the federal government should get out of the way and let that movement continue. Because right now the federal government is blocking it by keeping marijuana as a scheduled substance.”
“I think that’s preventing the states from doing really what they want to do. So I’m in favor of that, which would basically get marijuana out of the shadows, and get it into a market where it could be regulated, where we can make sure it’s labeled and distributed appropriately, where we can tax it.”