US: Supreme Court Justice says federal cannabis laws 'may no longer be necessary'

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said federal policies on cannabis have undermined the reason for laws on its sale or use.

“A prohibition on intrastate use or cultivation of cannabis may no longer be necessary or proper to support the Federal Government’s piecemeal approach,” he wrote.

The conservative justice shared his thoughts in the court’s denial of a petition to hear an appeal for a Colorado medical cannabis dispensary, released Monday.

The dispensary case centers on an IRS investigation into whether it illegally deducted business expenses. Current tax code does not allow companies dealing in controlled substances to deduct costs the way other businesses can.


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