There’s one problem with legalizing, taxing and regulating cannabis at the state level: It can’t be done. The federal Controlled Substances Act makes it a felony to grow or sell cannabis. California can repeal its own marijuana laws, leaving enforcement to the feds. But it can’t legalize a federal felony. Therefore, any grower or seller paying California taxes on marijuana sales or filing pot-related California regulatory paperwork would be confessing, in writing, to multiple federal crimes. And that won’t happen.
Yep, there it is again, The Supremacy Clause of the Constitution of The United States, again. It’s the same reason why AZ S.B.1070 will go down.
So, to end prohibition, a national movement will have to occur.