For many people across the United States, medical marijuana has been extremely beneficial. Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy are less nauseous. People with eating disorders are able to eat again, and those suffering chronic pain don’t feel quite so bad.
In most states, marijuana is still illegal, but in thirteen states (Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington), it is not, and fourteen more states have pending applications for legalization. But it seems that prosecutors were over-zealous in some instances, pursuing cases against dispensers that were following the state laws. Obama’s policy states that as long as the dispensers of medial marijuana are following laws of the state where they are operating, federal prosecutors should not waste precious time taking legally operated businesses to court.
You may wonder what this has to do with you, as an online businessperson. Well, it’s about business. Obama had to make his stance clear on the issue. He had to set down a policy so that everyone knew the rules of the game, and this is your job, too.
But most importantly, it’s just good legal sense, especially if you mine the data to provide to a third-party. You have to make sure that you disclose that fact, or you could wind up in some legal hot water.