One of the most stress inducing facts about being involved in a medical marijuana business is that, despite the reform of numerous State laws, cannabis remains completely illegal under Federal law. Due to that conflict, medical marijuana patients, doctors, caregivers and dispensaries are constantly under the looming threat of Federal law enforcement action.
But in an interview with CNN, Attorney General Eric Holder stated that he is “cautiously optimistic” about the prospects of legal cannabis, particularly in regard to the recent changes in Colorado and Washington. Holder will be leaving office soon, but it is refreshing to see the nation’s top law enforcement official taking a common sense approach to marijuana laws.
Holder did, however, stop short of a completely hands-off approach to legal cannabis. His office maintains that it is still monitoring cannabis use and distribution pursuant to the eight guidelines it issued last year. Holder also said he has made it clear to governors in states that have legalized that the Feds will not hold back if the regulations put into place by those states are deemed insufficient.