Washington must address marijuana's official status

In both West Virginia and Ohio, it’s official: Breaking the law is not against the law — at least when marijuana is involved.

Both states have legislation making use of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, legal for health care purposes. West Virginia’s measure was just signed into law by Gov. Jim Justice. Ohio’s has been in effect for some time, but state officials are still working out the details.

But possession of marijuana in any form is illegal under federal law. That puts our states, in concert with 26 others that have “legalized” medicinal marijuana, in the position of advocating behavior that is criminal by federal statute.

Will federal officials crack down? They did not during former President Barack Obama’s administration. Then, the White House refused to enforce the law against possession of marijuana.

In fact, Obama’s administration actively aided marijuana traffickers in states where recreational use of the...

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