By Kevin Kelley
In a momentous step in the right direction, the United States Department of Justice has issued a directive that will protect medicinal cannabis users in states with laws allowing marijuana use. Although seen by some as side stepping the issue of complete legalization, this news is a relief for those with medical problems, in which marijuana helps aid. Under the Bush administration, the federal government would enforce anti-marijuana laws regardless of state codes. This shift is a departure of the previous administration's policy and appears to be promising in reforming the nation's antiquated approach to drugs. Currently, there are 14 states that allow such use, with California law makers contemplating full-on legalization.
The concern of this website is the potential misappropriation of funds obtained from legalization, or in the meantime, from any sort of civil fine collected from decriminalization. It will be interesting to see the amount saved by this new new directive, now that agents can spend their time doing more worthwhile pursuits.