I live in Massachusetts. I consider myself marijuana-naive. This question was promped by my son who has a co-worker that obtained a prescription for medical marijuana because he has insomnia. Editorial: What a crock of B.S.
If the federal statutes consider marijuana illegal, why doesn’t the DEA enforce those statutes in places like Massachusetts, Colorado, or California? I’ve heard people argue that it is a minor crime and the DEA has other priorities. OK, but there are lots of minor crimes that are enforced to some degree (e.g. overtime parking, littering, subway fare evasion). Who gets to pick-and-choose? Who made the decision to turn a blind eye on marijuana? I’m sure that decision was not made by field DEA agents. It was probably made fairly high up in the DEA, or perhaps higher at the Department of Justice or the Attorney General’s office. Are marijuana laws enforced by the DEA in those states that have not legalized marijuana at all. If not enforced at all, why hasn’t Congress simply repealed the law? Is there a specific law against marijuana, or is it simply one of a list of drugs that appear in some FDA or DOJ statutory regulation?
How does the price of legal marijuana compare with the stuff that’s illegal? In places where it is legal, does the government (state) get a cut of the sales proceeds? How much are the licenses that the states charge the retailers?