January 4th began as a milestone day for Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program, but it quickly took a turn that left some wondering if that might be the last one.
Hours after Gov. Tom Wolf announced that the all-clear was given for the state’s first dispensary to open, an official announcement came down from President Donald Trump’s U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he was changing direction in how the federal law with regard to marijuana is enforced.
In it, Sessions, who has said he believes marijuana is a gateway drug that leads to addiction, gave the green light to federal prosecutors to enforce the 48-year-old federal law prohibiting marijuana cultivation, distribution, and possession as they see fit.
That immediately put a number of the medical marijuana supporters across Pennsylvania on edge.
Patients with 17 qualifying medical conditions have been waiting for years to be able to legally buy home-grown medical marijuana products in Pennsylvania. Now they are only four months away from being able to do that, and then this happens.
Gov. Tom Wolf didn’t waste time in sending out a warning shot that he will do everything in his power to protect the state’s medical marijuana program from what he calls a federal overreach.
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