New (Federal) Medical Marijuana Policy Issued

Ugg

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration will not seek to arrest medical marijuana users and suppliers as long as they conform to state laws, under new policy guidelines to be sent to federal prosecutors Monday.
Not too surprising really.

I've never been into the stuff, but it seems the police spend way too much time on it.
 

iBlue

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Fantastic news, and about frickin time state and federal agreed on this.

I couldn't be more envious since the UK has gone completely the other direction - trying to implicate weed as this evil harmful thing and bringing even harsher penalties for cannabis "offenses". :rolleyes:

here is the whole article, since NY times likes to pester everyone to join before being able to view the articles:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration will not seek to arrest medical marijuana users and suppliers as long as they conform to state laws, under new policy guidelines to be sent to federal prosecutors Monday.

Two Justice Department officials described the new policy to The Associated Press, saying prosecutors will be told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state laws.

The new policy is a significant departure from the Bush administration, which insisted it would continue to enforce federal anti-pot laws regardless of state codes.

Fourteen states allow some use of marijuana for medical purposes: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

California is unique among those for the widespread presence of dispensaries -- businesses that sell marijuana and even advertise their services. Colorado also has several dispensaries, and Rhode Island and New Mexico are in the process of licensing providers, according to the Marijuana Policy Project, a group that promotes the decriminalization of marijuana use.

Attorney General Eric Holder said in March that he wanted federal law enforcement officials to pursue those who violate both federal and state law, but it has not been clear how that goal would be put into practice.

A three-page memo spelling out the policy is expected to be sent Monday to federal prosecutors in the 14 states, and also to top officials at the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The memo, the officials said, emphasizes that prosecutors have wide discretion in choosing which cases to pursue, and says it is not a good use of federal manpower to prosecute those who are without a doubt in compliance with state law.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the legal guidance before it is issued.

''This is a major step forward,'' said Bruce Mirken, communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project. ''This change in policy moves the federal government dramatically toward respecting scientific and practical reality.''

At the same time, the officials said, the government will still prosecute those who use medical marijuana as a cover for other illegal activity. The memo particularly warns that some suspects may hide old-fashioned drug dealing or other crimes behind a medical marijuana business.

In particular, the memo urges prosecutors to pursue marijuana cases which involve violence, the illegal use of firearms, selling pot to minors, money laundering or other crimes.

And while the policy memo describes a change in priorities away from prosecuting medical marijuana cases, it does not rule out the possibility that the federal government could still prosecute someone whose activities are allowed under state law.

The memo, officials said, is designed to give a sense of prosecutorial priorities to U.S. Attorneys in the states that allow medical marijuana. It notes that pot sales in the United States are the largest source of money for violent Mexican drug cartels, but adds that federal law enforcement agencies have limited resources.

Medical marijuana advocates have been anxious to see exactly how the administration would implement candidate Barack Obama's repeated promises to change the policy in situations in which state laws allow the use of medical marijuana.

Shortly after Obama took office, DEA agents raided four dispensaries in Los Angeles, prompting confusion about the government's plans.
 

Dont Hurt Me

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About time, all we have had from the feds are lies concerning its use. Lets not be naive though because the police state has to have its wars to justify the $$$ that go into the ever growing police state.
They want us all to fear something so they can keep building prisons and the whole beauracracy that goes with them.
911 was a great example. How many billions on security because the feds let in those morons in the first place.
Without bugymen they loose control, they need us to fear something.
This is a good thing for those people it helps.
 

NT1440

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I know but it's a start. It has taken care of a serious and stupid discrepancy between federal law and what was passed on a state level. It's a positive thing.
I feel, like with gay marriage, this is one of the topics that has to be settled on the federal level, otherwise each and every state is going to have different policies, and I really doubt that many are going to push towards legalization.
 

Shivetya

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I feel, like with gay marriage, this is one of the topics that has to be settled on the federal level, otherwise each and every state is going to have different policies, and I really doubt that many are going to push towards legalization.
Its the Feds who screwed this up, the last thing need is for them to dictate another. Or is this a case of, I don't like what people in that state think and want the government to use its threat of lethal force to make them think right?

Selfish motive eh?
 

NT1440

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Its the Feds who screwed this up, the last thing need is for them to dictate another. Or is this a case of, I don't like what people in that state think and want the government to use its threat of lethal force to make them think right?

Selfish motive eh?
What the F%#@ are you talking about? Lethal force?? :confused:
 

leekohler

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Dec 22, 2004
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Its the Feds who screwed this up, the last thing need is for them to dictate another. Or is this a case of, I don't like what people in that state think and want the government to use its threat of lethal force to make them think right?

Selfish motive eh?
What the hell are you babbling about? Good lord. :rolleyes:

Good job Obama! It's about time! :D Now let's get rid of DADT and DOMA.