President Obama’s Justice Department has once again reaffirmed that those in the “medical” marijuana business are an enforcement target. The Justice Department does not recognize marijuana, which is not approved as medication by the FDA and which violates Federal law, as a legitimate medicine. The Drug Enforcement Administration will not continute to tolerate what has become a de facto legalization of marijuana.
In California, “medical” marijuana users have in fact been found to be characteristic of recreational marijuana users and not of those seeking healthcare services. The typical user was found to be a 32 year old male who started smoking marijuana as a teenager, not an individual with HIV/AIDS, cancer or glaucoma, the types of conditions cited as the rationale for medical legalization.