Attorney General Morrisey Issues Legal Opinion On Tensions Between Federal And State Law Regarding Medical CannabisPosted by On

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey issued a legal opinion concluding that as the state considers how to implement its medical cannabis law, it must carefully consider how to balance the unambiguous federal criminal statutes implicating cannabis businesses with an equally clear, yet potentially temporary, non-enforcement policy that has accommodated more than 30 states.

The opinion, issued Friday, notes the approaches of these states and key issues to analyze. Over the long term, however, the concerns of those who sought the opinion stem from federal law, and a permanent, complete solution will require additional federal action.
“It does not appear that any state has found a complete solution,” Attorney General Morrisey wrote. “The most…

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