U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas wrote Monday that the federal prohibition on marijuana may no longer be needed because of the government’s “mixed signals” on the issue.
Why it matters: Thomas, one of the court’s conservative justices, wrote the opinion Monday as the court declined to hear the appeal of a Colorado medical marijuana dispensary that was denied certain federal tax breaks.
What he’s saying: Thomas said the court’s 2005 ruling in Gonzales v. Raich, which upheld federal laws making marijuana possession illegal, may now be out of date.
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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas says the federal marijuana ban may no longer be necessary due to the government’s “mixed signals” on the issue.
— Axios (@axios) June 28, 2021