Alright stoners put down the lighter, turn down the Bob Marley in the background and check this out. The Obama administration stayed true to their word and finally changed some out of date policies. Federal prosecutors are no longer permitted to prosecute patients who use medical marijuana or those providing it if they are complying with state law. Instead, law enforcement is going to spend their time going after more serious cases involving marijuana and violence, selling pot to minors, illegal use of firearms, money laundering, and involvement in other serious crimes. Medical marijuana is legal in 14 states; Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.
Some believe that this is the first step towards legalizing marijuana in the United States. I don’t know if that will ever happen, but it’s nice to see that maybe it’s going to progress the country towards a more chilled out perspective about marijuana use. Maybe parents and friends won’t get so pissed off if their child or someone that they know likes to smoke a bowl after a long day at work or school and watch “Always Sunny in Philadelphia” or “Reno 911!,” not that I would know anything about things like that. I’m just saying it shouldn’t be a crime if that’s how you choose to unwind and you’re not hurting anyone in the process. Thanks Obama, I hope you know a lot of people are burning one down for you right now.