New Mexico not among states to receive marijuana warning from Feds

Many states including Colorado, Arizona, and Washington received letters from the Department of Justice warning them about their medical marijuana programs. New Mexico was not among the states that received warnings.  .

The letters come as a possible sign that the federal government plans on tightening enforcement of federal marijuana laws, despite the overwhelming support for medical marijuana by the people in these states

KSFR News reported that the state had not received such a letter from New Mexico’s U.S. Attorney, reporting “[The U.S. Attorney’s] office says he is studying New Mexico’s medical marijuana law to determine if a warning is needed.”

Current Gov. Susana Martinez opposes New Mexico’s medical marijuana program.

The AP reports:

The Department of Justice said two years ago that it would be an inefficient use of funds to target people who are in clear compliance with state law. But U.S. attorneys have said in their recent memos that they would consider civil or criminal penalties for those who run large-scale operations — even if they are acceptable under state law.

In a letter to [Washington Gov. Chris] Gregoire, Washington state’s two U.S. attorneys warned that even state employees could be subject to prosecution for their role in marijuana regulation. The letter does not specify how that would happen, but the implication is that state workers who are involved in approving and regulating the sale of an illegal drug are committing a crime.

By Eddie Haskill, NMmmj.com | New Mexico Medical Marijuana

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