While 13 states have passed laws allowing medical marijuana use, federal law still prohibits it. During the Bush administration raids were made and people arrested, even if they were in compliance with state law. On Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder said such raids would stop, as long as those involved were in compliance with state law.
In other words, in this case, federal law will no longer trump state law.
Few specifics were stated, but he added that the Justice Department’s enforcement policy would still prosecute those who masquerade as medical dispensaries and "use medical marijuana laws as a shield."
In 1996, California passed Proposition 215, which allows any person with a doctor's recommendation can grow, use and transport medical marijuana.
I have long said that unless someone in the Supreme Court, Congress, or Executive Branch's family became sick to the point that they needed medical marijuana to live without excruciating pain or constant nausea, nothing would change. It is good to see I was wrong.
At least, for now.
However, there are about two dozen California medical marijuana cases pending in federal court, and it is unclear what will happen to those cases now. The right thing would be to dismiss them. We will see what happens.