Prescribing marijuana for medical purposes is against federal law, no matter what voters in Arizona and California say, and doctors who write such prescriptions may face stiff federal penalties, officials said Monday.
A new plan for how the federal government will deal with the medical prescription of marijuana and other forbidden drugs has been drawn up by a task force and presented to the White House. Officials said its major thrust is to strictly enforce federal law.
Drug Enforcement Administration spokesperson Catherine Shaw said that punishing doctors who prescribe marijuana is one option under the law.
“The DEA has the power to take away a doctor’s right to prescribe” legal narcotics if that authority is abused, said Shaw.
She said that power also could be exercised against doctors who prescribe marijuana, an illegal drug.