Legal name change in Virginia
Posted On August 1, 2021
By Bryan CaplanThe U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday granted a preliminary injunction against President Donald Trump’s effort to change the legal name of Virginia from “Vermont” to “Legalize Pot.”
The court’s decision means the Trump administration cannot revoke state and local laws banning the practice.
The president’s efforts to amend the state’s law in an effort to legalize pot could make the nation’s sixth-largest state the first to allow people to possess, use and grow the drug.
The case comes amid growing concern about the legalization of pot across the country and in Virginia.
The Trump administration has said that it will not enforce federal laws that make it illegal for anyone to grow, possess or sell marijuana, and that it does not intend to enforce state laws that have made it illegal to use, sell or distribute marijuana.
In its ruling, the court said that the Trump Administration has not yet “demonstrated a likelihood that it intends to do so,” but it is “unlikely that it is unwilling to do that.”
The case stems from the Trump administrations efforts to overturn the state marijuana ban.
It was filed by attorneys general from 17 states and Washington, D.C.
The Supreme Court issued a decision in January that temporarily blocked Trump’s efforts, but it allowed the Trump White House to seek a stay.
The Trump administration was expected to appeal the ruling, and Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who argued the case for the Trump campaign, said the court’s ruling was “historic.”
“Today’s decision is a major victory for those who believe that the states and people of Virginia have the power to define their own cannabis policies,” Ferguson said in a statement.
“I applaud the Supreme Court for rejecting the Trump Adminstration’s attempt to overturn these laws.”
The justices ruled that the state had a constitutional right to change its name.