US Attorney’s Office Arrests Man for Giving Meth Laced Marijuana to School Children
I recently attended the Cannabis Symposium Continuing Legal Education Seminar (Seminar). The Colorado Bar Association put on the seminar at their new office . The keynote speaker was the current U.S. Attorney for Colorado, Jason R. Dunn (USA Dunn). USA Dunn’s keynote address was titled: “The Federal Enforcement Landscape and Perspective.”
Marijuana is Still Illegal Federally
As most know, Marijuana is still illegal under Federal law. There is an inherent conflict between the Federal Law and the States that have enacted medical and recreation marijuana laws. For instance, Marijuana is still a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).
Schedule 1 Drugs are:
- substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use,
- and a high potential for abuse.
Some examples of other Schedule 1 Drugs are:
- lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD),
- marijuana (cannabis),
- 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy),
- methaqualone, and
Oddly enough, Marijuana is a Schedule I, but Crack-Cocaine is a Schedule II drug!
USA Dunn was very clear about the focus of his office and the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Focus of the Department of Justice
USA Dunn clearly stated that his role is to enforce federal law. That includes his enforcement of the CSA. He made it very clear that his office enforces the current law. So as it stands, marijuana and related enterprises are illegal.
USA Dunn then focused a portion of his talk on the limited resources of his office and its prioritization of certain crimes. On the realm of importance, USA Dunn discussed violent crimes and terrorism. While it is no guarantee that USA Dunn and the DOJ would not bother marijuana business and consumers that act lawfully under Colorado Law, he made it clear that his office would make a distinction for ILLEGAL, Illegal. What did that mean? I took it to mean that his office would focus on egregious marijuana incidents. Such as the two examples he mentioned:
- drug trafficking in and through Colorado
- drugs and children.
Drugs and Children. An Illegal, Illegal.
USA Dunn discussed a case that was in the works. His office indicted a Sedalia man for allegedly providing methamphetamine laced marijuana to school children. The children were as young as 13 in some instances. Marijuana to the school children is bad. But meth-laced marijuana definitely brought the full weight and force of the DOJ! The DOJ issued the press release about that case the following day.
In any event, I think USA Dunn’s keynote summarized the discussion, in that there are “illegal” acts related to marijuana, and then there are ILLEGAL acts. But that doesn’t necessarily make maneuvering through the cannabis industry in Colorado any easier for law-abiding folks.
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