It Smells Like Dank Weed In Washington D.C., But Marijuana Is Still Illegal
The disconnect between federal and state cannabis laws remains.
The politics surrounding marijuana in the United States are complex and regressive, confusing, and out-of-step with currently held public opinion. If you look to the most recent polling, mostly everyone favors relaxed cannabis laws, and such legislation has proven to be beneficial to local economies in a number of states. Yet the drug remains on the federal government’s list of the most no-chill substances.
Still, even though no national shift in weed law is being signed in Washington D.C. in the foreseeable future, marijuana is (kind of) legal in the nation’s capital. Ever since D.C. legalized possession of the drug in 2014, the city has seen a resulting uptick in people using it openly. And it smells like weed pretty much everywhere you go.
According to the Washington Post:
“Now, more than two years after the District legalized marijuana possession, it seems that everywhere you go in the nation’s capital, you catch a whiff of weed. And it’s often in the places where you least expect it. On H Street downtown, as you wind your way between office workers rushing back from lunch. At 10th and E streets NW, in the shadow of the FBI headquarters. . .”
“If you’re seeking it out, you can find the flower in Washington in almost any form: crushed, concentrated, liquefied, baked into an omelet. Puffing in public remains prohibited, but you can toke up at a wide variety of private events. . .”
Much like the burgeoning pot scene that legalization has created in Washington D.C., the city of Boston is experiencing the emergence of a local and legal cannabis culture––and the scent of dank weed is also reportedly just as pervasive.
Still, despite a spike in frequency at which the public are blazing down in both D.C. and Boston––and Denver and Los Angeles––none of these cities have yet to go up in flames. Such displays of normalized cannabis use and the local marijuana industry have actually positively impacted those who've supported functioning weed markets for the last few years.
Regardless of weed smoke blowing about in D.C. (and even at times originating on the White House lawn), this irony is lost on President Trump’s administration, which has done little to support legal marijuana. And if it were entirely up to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the fed would have already gone after legal weed with any/all available resources.
Which, obviously, is counterintuitive.
This disconnect between state and federal law is a detrimental to more than just those who get arrested for using and working with the drug. Between federal raids, weed-related incarceration rates, and the loss of potentially earned tax revenue that is collected on licensing and regulatory fees, the associated costs of furthering marijuana prohibition are astronomical.
Furthermore, weed smells bomb as hell. But let me tell you, legal weed smells even better.