In recent years several states — including Arkansas — have moved to legalize marijuana for one reason or another. However, in spite of these state laws, marijuana is still 100% illegal to grow, buy, sell, or use under federal law.
The Obama Administration opted several years ago not to prosecute people growing or using marijuana in compliance with state laws. As a result, states have been able to legalize “medical” and recreational marijuana with few repercussions, and marijuana businesses and users have not faced prosecution.
However, that may be about to change.
According to news reports, the federal Department of Justice is set to let prosecutors decide how aggressively to prosecute marijuana in states like California, Colorado, Arkansas, and elsewhere.
That means medical marijuana farms, stores, and users in Arkansas could face criminal prosecution, if our U.S. Attorneys decide to enforce the nation’s marijuana laws.
Family Council predicted this possibility back in 2012:
If and when [Obama Administration] Attorney General Eric Holder is succeeded by someone else, that Attorney General could direct the U.S. Attorneys to prosecute any and every person using marijuana, regardless of their circumstances. Why? Because under federal law it is blatantly illegal to grow, possess, transport, sell, or use marijuana for any reason. Period.
This is not something federal law is ambiguous or silent about. Congress has spelled out in black and white that marijuana is 100% illegal.
If people want to legalize marijuana, then they should take that up with Congress, and they should not be surprised to hear federal prosecutors might actually start following and enforcing federal law. It really is as simple as that.
Last week Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s office rejected two different recreational marijuana proposals in just 24 hours of each other.
The A.G. rejected both proposals — one for being vague and the other for failing to acknowledge that marijuana would still be illegal under federal law even if the amendment passed.
The amendments would have let adults and companies grow, buy sell, and use marijuana for any reason.
By our count, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s office has rejected seventeen recreational marijuana proposals since May of this year.
To put it simply, marijuana’s proponents are not content with so-called “medical marijuana.” As we have said before: “Medical marijuana” is just a stepping stone. The endgame for marijuana’s supporters is — and always has been — full legalization.
Last week Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge rejected yet another proposal to legalize “recreational” marijuana in Arkansas.
The A.G.’s office said there were “fundamental defects in the submission” that prevented the measure from being approved. By our count, her office has rejected fourteen similar measures since May of this year.
To put it simply, marijuana’s proponents are not content with so-called “medical marijuana.”
As we have said before: “Medical marijuana” is just a stepping stone. The endgame for marijuana’s supporters is — and always has been — full legalization.