The news that an Obama-era policy which prevented crack downs on the marijuana trade is not raising concern at one D.C. area cannabis dispensary. File. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
WASHINGTON — The news that an Obama-era policy which prevented crackdowns on the marijuana trade is not raising concern at one D.C. area cannabis dispensary.
“I think it will help the medicinal market, because the medicinal market is legitimate,” said Bill Askinazi, owner of Potomac Holistics in Rockville.
Askinazi believes U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ revoking of the policy, which largely prevented federal authorities from enforcing federal marijuana laws in states where the drug has been legalized, will be more problematic for black market marijuana sales.
“In my opinion, it’s totally restricted although not explicitly, but implicitly to nonmedicinal, that is the recreation market,” Askinazi said.
Askinazi, who is also an attorney, said he believes cracking down on those legally selling medicinal marijuana under state laws would be an abrupt change in federal policy, which would result in legal challenges.
Many of those challenges would be