Should California’s marijuana customers be worried about the federal government charging them with a crime?
The measure legalized recreational pot sales statewide on Jan. 1, 2018.
The reader, who requested that we not use her name, said she was asked to submit a copy of her photo ID to complete a marijuana purchase online, through a retail dispensary.
She was concerned her information, and that of all customers, could be obtained by the federal government should the dispensary ever be shut down.
The short answer to her question is: Yes. Federal law still classifies marijuana as an illegal drug and there are no current protections for recreational customers.
Days after California legalized retail pot sales, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama administration memo that recommended a hands-off approach to marijuana prosecution. The move was seen as possibly paving the way for a federal crackdown on marijuana, though it’s