New Medical Marijuana policy looks good to mountain town residents

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 19, 2009 9:09 am

Yes, yes, OK, I’m stereotyping here. But in all honesty, the numbers support the claim that more folks light up the ganja in mountain towns than other, more conservative parts of the country. So perhaps our beloved ski town residents have taken note of the new Medical Marijuana policy issued by the Obama administration today.

Departing from what the Bush administration was trying to implement, now, Federal prosecutors are being told not to bother going after people who are using or providing medical pot in states that allow it. Currently there are 14 states that do: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

However, federal agents will still go after people “whose marijuana distribution goes beyond what is permitted under state law or use medical marijuana as a cover for other crimes (New York Times). So we’re still not at the point where you can legally light up and take a run down the mountain (The Ski Channel does NOT condone such an action), but it seems the country as a whole has relaxed just a smidge when it comes to using pot for medicinal purposes. It does seem like there are more important, heavier issues that need the attention and man-power of federal agents. 

Attorney General Eric Holder summed up the new policy like this, “It will not be a priority to use federal resources to prosecute patients with serious illnesses or their caregivers who are complying with state laws on medical marijuana, but we will not tolerate drug traffickers who hide behind claims of compliance with state law to mask activities that are clearly illegal”. 

Be smart and safe out there people!