Medical Marijuana Caregivers Operating At Their Own Risk

May 20th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

Augusta –

Are Mainer’s who participate in Maine’s medical marijuana program breaking federal law, even if their conduct is protected by Maine law? The U.S. Attorney says yes.

Nearly 60% of Mainer’s voted in favor of the Maine medical marijuana law back in 2009. Now, U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty says in a letter to lawmakers and the Attorney General, those participating in the program are violating federal law regardless of how citizens voted or what state law says. And, he adds, the federal law will be vigorously enforced.

“The federal drug laws, they take very seriously. I take those very seriously too and they’ve expressed those intentions to enforce those,” says Maine Attorney General William Schneider.

Under federal law, marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug. The U.S. Attorney’s letter came in response to Representative Deb Sanderson’s bill that would make registering with the state optional for patients but caregivers would still be required to do so. “Federal law is federal law and state law is state law. As a legislator, we have the right to institute the laws that we feel are best for our citizens and our citizens clearly want this,” Representaive Sanderson said on Friday.

But the U.S. Attorney sent a very clear message. If you’re a caregiver in Maine you do so at your own risk. “Well anyone using marijuana in Maine is operating at some risk of prosecution by the federal government,”

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  1. Mhezly Wyeth says:

    I think their just making their own risk to this…
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