Attorney General nominee William Barr says he'll let states' cannabis rules be (probably)
Trump’s new nominee for Attorney General William Barr went before Congress this week, and though he said he disagrees with cannabis legalization, it seems he doesn’t see any reason to upset the rules as they currently are. Barr did say that the current differences between the state and federal rules are “untenable,” but he also said that he didn’t plan to upset businesses that currently rely on state laws. “Investments have been made,” said Barr, “so I don’t think it’s appropriate to upset those interests.”
Now, that’s a strange way to put it in this context — the Attorney General should follow the laws, rather than worrying about upsetting interests. Still, that has to be good news for cannabis-based business owners who are relying on state laws to make sure their businesses are legal. Of course, once Barr is confirmed, he can enforce the current laws however he sees fit, but if his testimony is to be believed, he’s not looking to upset the status quo.
That’s little comfort to the businesses that are already being harassed and persecuted by federal agents in legal states, however. What’s really needed here is Congress to act, and to make the drug legal (at least in a medical capacity) across the country. There are already proposed laws coming through Congress to this effect, so fortunately, it’s only a matter of time before cannabis businesses no longer just have to rely on the opinion of William Barr, but instead can know for sure that their investments are fully legal on the federal level.