Yesterday's NPR story on Mendocino County's medical marijuana regulations is an especially good illustration of the practical effects of the conflict between federal, versus state and local, criminal laws.
"All of it left County Board Chairman John McCowen exasperated. 'It means it's going to go back underground. It's going to become more dangerous. It's going to become more profitable for the black marketers,' he says. 'I just don't see that this represents progress.'"