Medical Marijuana States Worried Over Increased Federal Enforcement

Posted on: May 9th, 2011  |  No Comments

On May 7, 2011 the New York Times revealed the growing concern that a new federal initiative to prosecute marijuana charges may halt medical marijuana progress, including in states that already have comprehensive marijuana statutes in place. In Washington, for example, while preparing to become the next to join the pro-medical marijuana states, the governor recently vetoed a medical marijauna statute that she had previously supported. The governor cited uncertainties in the federal drug system.

“In a reply to [Washington Governor Chirstine Gregoire] last month, [United States attorneys Mike Ormsby and Jennu Durkan] said the federal government would prosecute vigorously against individuals and organizations that participate in unlawful manufacturing and distribution activity involving marijuana, even if such activities are permitted under state law.”

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