Pursuant to 21 U.S.C.A. § 812, cannabis is a Schedule I controlled substance designated as a drug that has a high potential for abuse, lacks any medical value and cannot be safely prescribed. Thus, anyone growing, marketing, selling, using, possessing or distributing cannabis is violating multiple federal laws.
Although, state law currently conflicts with federal laws by legalizing medical and recreational cannabis, compliance with state law does not confer immunity from federal enforcement policies. The possession, distribution, and manufacture of cannabis and cannabis-based products continues to be illegal under federal law, regardless of state law. All individuals involved in the use, possession, sale, storage, transportation, manufacture, and distribution and all related periphery businesses, are in violation of federal law and are vulnerable to property seizures and criminal prosecution.