No weed can’t. That’s basically what President Barack Obama’s Department of Justice said to Charlie Lynch, a California man who was convicted under federal law for dispensing medicinal cannabis that was legal under state law. A federal judge purposely postponed sentencing to give the administration some discretion and get some guidance from Attorney General Eric Holder.
Unfortunately, the DOJ is refusing to intervene in the conviction (PDF doc), despite recent statements made by the nation’s top prosecutor and the president himself, both of whom promised not to waste federal resources or interfere with states’ rights in this matter. Federal prosecutors now effectively have the green light to keep raiding legal medical weed facilities. Lynch is expected to be sentenced tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean you can’t contact the White House today on his behalf.