Attorney General Eric Holder shared last week that it is a low priority for the Justice Department to pursue and prosecute people for the sale of marijuana in states where it has been legalized. During a hearing on the Justice Department’s flawed and discredited gun sting program, Holder was grilled about the state of medical marijuana laws in the United States. When asked here was his response:
“What we said in the memo we still intend, which is that given the limited resources that we have, and if there are states that have medical marijuana provisions … if in fact people are not using the policy decision that we have made to use marijuana in a way that’s not consistent with the state statute, we will not use our limited resources in that way,” Holder said.
Seems like we’ve heard this one before. High ranking federal government official tells you that they are not going to interfere with the states laws on medical marijuana despite the fact that they have been cracking down more than ever. We will see if he is actually telling the truth but I can’t say the my federal government has done anything to gain my trust in recent years. We will have to see how things play out.