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What does the Federal drug policy change mean for Connecticut?

You may be one of the many medical marijuana users in Connecticut. As such, recent news that the federal government is no longer going to honor the policy of not enforcing federal marijuana laws may have you concerned. However, as ABC News reports, medical marijuana users like you probably have little to fear.

It is important to know that while states have legalized marijuana in various capacities, the drug is still illegal at the federal level. What this means is if you get caught buying or using it by a federal agent, you could face federal charges even though it may be legal in Connecticut. However, there has been a long-standing unofficial agreement that the feds will not step in when people are obeying state laws. 

The change in the law says the federal government is not going to stand back anymore, but it does not mean they will be knocking on your door anytime soon. Even distributors and growers for the medical marijuana industry probably have nothing to worry about. One of the main ideas behind this move is to allow states to get additional help from federal agents to combat illegal marijuana trafficking and distribution.  

Many states have issues with managing the illegal drug trade. They simply do not have enough money to dedicate to their drug units. With this policy change, state law enforcement can now get the help they need to stop thos who are illegally growing and selling the drug. You and everyone else following the state law will probably be okay. This information is for education and is not intended as legal advice. 

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