The U.S. government’s hard-line policies on marijuana can clash with California’s more lenient laws

The U.S. government’s hard-line policies on marijuana can clash with California’s more lenient laws – and, in some cases, override them. For California medical marijuana patients arrested by federal Drug Enforcement Agency officials, local and state laws no longer apply. The consequences of a DEA investigation can be costly and, in some cases, life-destroying.

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