Recently, Washington legislators approved establishing a regulatory system for the state's medical marijuana businesses, and offering criminal liability protection to patients. Possibly prepping for a later veto, Gov. Christine Gregoire asked the local U.S. Attorney's office what kind of risks the state was taking on.
Their response, according to the Stranger?
"This would authorize conduct contrary to federal law and thus, would undermine the federal government's efforts to regulate the possession, manufacturing, and trafficking of controlled substances," wrote Jenny Durkan and Michael Ormsby. "Accordingly, the [Justice] Department could consider civil and criminal legal remedies ... In addition, state employees who conducted activities mandated by the Washington legislative proposals would not be immune from liability."
While the northwestern state is figuring out whether federal officials will jail local officials for doing the will of the people, medical marijuana marches on. Arizona opened its program to applicants April 15 and accepted 40 people its first day — the first, a 60-year-old man suffering from Crohn's disease, reports the Phoenix Business Journal.
So to all who seek relief, we present our newest issue of ReLeaf — our literary tour guide to all things medical marijuana in Colorado Springs.
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