As medical marijuana makes its way into markets, supply and demand forces are likely to create more vendors and consumers. Unfortunately for some consumers, they still may be charged, tried, and imprisoned for medical marijuana use due to violations of federal marijuana laws.
At the same time, marijuana dispensaries are likely to continue encountering resistance from the federal government. Vendors of legalized marijuana must understand that they may suffer from the following:
- Raids from the US Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration.
- The IRS barring marijuana dispensaries’ tax deductions.
- Prosecutions for driving under the influence of “medical” marijuana.
- Criminalization of marijuana under the Controlled Substance Act (CSA).
- Federal prosecutors sending cease and desist letters or eviction notices to dispensaries as well as their landlords.
Since state laws vary and often conflict with federal laws, medical marijuana use has become a niche for many lawyers who provide legal advice in business, criminal, and tax law to marijuana dispensaries.
Authored by Pavel Leshchinskiy, LegaMatch Legal Writer