DOJ Drops Attempt to Close Biggest CA Dispensary

DOJ Drops Attempt to Close Biggest CA Dispensary

Maybe it’s our chronic optimism speaking here, but Uncle Sam’s stance on marijuana seems to be softening.

Right now, the Drug Enforcement Agency is deciding whether or not to reclassify marijuana from its Schedule I drug status. Tellingly, the DEA also recently approved a Colorado study of medical marijuana’s effectiveness in treating veterans with PTSD. Even the United States Senate—long a symbol of parasitic, gridlocked government—is considering a bill which would allow veterans to access medical marijuana.

“While the Harborside Health Center will no longer have to wage this particular battle, the fact it was still fighting the DOJ—two decades after the people of the Golden State approved a law legalizing medical marijuana—shows how fragile the truce between federal and state governments are regarding the issue of legal marijuana.”

And this week, advocates for legalization got some more good news from the feds, when the Department of Justice quietly dropped its long-running quest to close Oakland’s Harborside Health Center, the largest of California’s medical dispensaries. As the SF Gate reports, the DOJ had no comment on the development in the four-year fight, but it’s difficult to see the move as anything but positive.

While the Harborside Health Center will no longer have to wage this particular battle, the fact that it was still fighting the DOJ—two decades after the people of the Golden State approved a law legalizing medical marijuana—shows how fragile the truce between federal and state governments is regarding the issue of legal marijuana.

That makes the looming presidential election a wild card in the fight to end marijuana prohibition.

Now, as physicist Nobel laureate Nils Bohr famously said, “prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.” So we can’t know exactly what would happen if any of the current contenders managed to reach the Oval Office. Senator Bernie Sanders is the most outspoken advocate for reform, as he’s called for removing the drug from the DEA schedule entirely. He’s a long shot to secure the Democratic nominate from Hillary Clinton, who has unsurprisingly  taken what CNN describes as a “wait and see approach.”

Whether Clinton will modify that stance to reel in Sanders supporters remains to be seen.

Predicting what Donald Trump will do, about anything, is the prognostication equivalent of trying to piss straight up and not get wet. But we find some comfort in his sprawling non-answer—which High Times detailed—to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, who asked the question back in February, even as we remain terrified of a Trump presidency.

More news on the feds and marijuana when we have it. Make sure to vote people!

[ via SF Gate ]

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