Medical marijuana should not be judged on the same terms as recreational marijuana. The fear, however, exists that could happen because of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent decision to leave it up to the federal prosecutor for each state whether to enforce existing law outlawing use of marijuana.
Medical use of marijuana exists in 46 states and eight of them, including Oregon and California, have legalized recreational use. Federal law forbids either use, but the Obama administration decided with a nod and wink that it wouldn’t be enforced.
The Trump administration took a different approach and Sessions said the ban could be enforced.
It’s not clear what will happen in Oregon but the early indications are that the federal prosecutor thinks it will be business as usual.
The possible threat to marijuana’s medical use is disturbing, whether it includes Oregon or not. To put it on the same plane as recreational use makes no sense. Substances are used as medicines or addictive drugs because they have