It’s great timing, and courageous leadership, that United States Attorney John Kacavas has said that his office won’t prosecute people who are using small amounts of marijuana for medical purposes. He referred to the limited resources in his department in light of many significant priorities, and his announcement follows a declaration by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that federal agents should deal with medical use of marijuana according to state laws.
Next week the New Hampshire House and Senate will be voting on whether to override the veto of Governor John Lynch on House Bill 648, which allows medical use of marijuana under very strict guidelines. A dozen other states have such laws now, and perhaps the decision by John Kacavas has given us a little more momentum in our effort to override.
Good for him. John Kacavas is showing both compassion and logic, and is helping a lot of people in the process. People seeking relief from pain and illness by medically using marijuana shouldn’t be considered criminals.