A number of US states have legalized cannabis and others will likely follow. As I understand it, the federal government currently prohibits any interstate commerce with respect to cannabis.
Even if it comes to pass that all, or very nearly all, states legalize cannabis, I assume that federal law would continue to prevail and states would continue to be unable to import cannabis from another, even if its residents’ needs were not being met due to lack of state supply.
My question, then, is there any way that the states create a sound (Constitutional) argument to halt the Feds from interfering? Could they claim that their citizens’ medical needs should prevail? Did the founders wish that there would be situations where the federal government would be acting in a ‘negative monopoly’ position and actually prohibiting outright interstate commerce? If not, could that form the basis of an argument?
(As always, my ignorance may be showing. Apologies if so)