Obama’s DOJ just made it official: they will not go after people using medical marijuana under the protection of state law.
Two Justice Department officials described the new policy to The Associated Press, saying prosecutors will be told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state laws.
The new policy is a significant departure from the Bush administration, which insisted it would continue to enforce federal anti-pot laws regardless of state codes.
Of course this provides no relief for our friend Dave, who is still caught up in the dragnet. But it is progress for legalization advocates, even if this sort of policy can just as quickly be rescinded by the next administration. If pot activists use the next few years to pass more state laws and open more dispensaries, however, it will be harder in the future to re-introduce full prohibition.