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    AG Holder Signals Administration Will Relax Enforcement Policy on Medical Marijuana

    AG Holder Signals Administration Will Relax Enforcement Policy on Medical Marijuana

    Wednesday, March 18, 2009

    WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Eric Holder signaled a change on medical marijuana policy Wednesday, saying federal agents will target marijuana distributors only when they violate both federal and state law.

    That would be a departure from the policy of the Bush administration, which targeted medical marijuana dispensaries in California even if they complied with that state's law.

    "The policy is to go after those people who violate both federal and state law," Holder said in a question-and-answer session with reporters at the Justice Department.

    Medical marijuana advocates in California welcomed the news, but said they still worried about the pending cases of those already in court on drug charges.

    California law permits the sale of marijuana for medical purposes, though it still is against federal law.

    Holder did not spell out exactly who no longer would face the prospect of raids by the Drug Enforcement Administration. But he was quick to add that law enforcement officers will target anyone who tries to "use medical marijuana laws as a shield" for other illegal activity.

    "Given the limited resources that we have, our focus will be on people, organizations that are growing, cultivating substantial amounts of marijuana and doing so in a way that's inconsistent with federal and state law," the attorney general said.

    Advocates and government officials had been waiting since President Barack Obama was sworn into office for a clear signal on what the new president's drug policy would be toward medical marijuana. As a candidate, he repeatedly promised a change in policy in situations in which state laws allow the use of medical marijuana.

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

    Thirteen states have laws permitting medicinal use of marijuana. California is unique among them for the presence of dispensaries, which are businesses that sell marijuana and even advertise their services. Legal under California law, such dispensaries are still illegal under federal law.
    Now they just need to keep the momentum on this and hammer out in black and white. One can only hope that this will serve as a catalyst for many more states to relax their own laws and we can move towards fixing this archaic, inefficient, and ineffective modern day prohibition.

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    Re: AG Holder Signals Administration Will Relax Enforcement Policy on Medical Marijua

    Its a not a good start but its not a bad one either. It seems that Holder is trying to keep this low on the radar and chip at it little by little.
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    And so it begins
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    Nice to see him coming out officially on record with this stance. He alluded to not interfering where state law differs from fed on the issue a few weeks back during a press conference, but this is much more concrete.

    I hope this policy will continue if and when Ca passes AB 390, I see no reason why not. After that my fear is whether a future administration decides to do a 180 back to fed. interference in states business.

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    Re: AG Holder Signals Administration Will Relax Enforcement Policy on Medical Marijua

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    Re: AG Holder Signals Administration Will Relax Enforcement Policy on Medical Marijua

    Quote Originally Posted by marduc View Post
    Nice to see him coming out officially on record with this stance. He alluded to not interfering where state law differs from fed on the issue a few weeks back during a press conference, but this is much more concrete.

    I hope this policy will continue if and when Ca passes AB 390, I see no reason why not. After that my fear is whether a future administration decides to do a 180 back to fed. interference in states business.
    As I said in my OP, I really hope the movement towards legalization gets some momentum from this. Serious, open debate in the MSM is needed now I think. More states need to seriously use this an opportunity to open the door for breaking the legalization taboo.
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    Re: AG Holder Signals Administration Will Relax Enforcement Policy on Medical Marijua

    The water is starting to seep through the cracks, lets hope in the next 4 or ideally 8 years we get some massive chunks eroding from that wall.

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    Re: AG Holder Signals Administration Will Relax Enforcement Policy on Medical Marijua

    Quote Originally Posted by Lerxst View Post
    As I said in my OP, I really hope the movement towards legalization gets some momentum from this. Serious, open debate in the MSM is needed now I think. More states need to seriously use this an opportunity to open the door for breaking the legalization taboo.
    This was last week, but valid all the less.

    YouTube - Ron Paul vs. Stephen Baldwin on Legalizing Marijuana on CNN March 13, 2009
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    Baldwin was all but dismissed in that "debate" and R. Paul got free reign to speak his piece. I enjoyed watching that, I was just hoping they would have devoted more time that night to the debate.

    The more Ron Paul speaks on the subject the better IMO. hopefully some more politicians will warm up more to taking hold of that "third rail", it has lost a lot of its lethality (admittedly for some districts this is not true).

    Rep. Sanchez (Ca) is another one that needs to step up with her position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marduc View Post
    Baldwin was all but dismissed in that "debate" and R. Paul got free reign to speak his piece. I enjoyed watching that, I was just hoping they would have devoted more time that night to the debate.

    The more Ron Paul speaks on the subject the better IMO. hopefully some more politicians will warm up more to taking hold of that "third rail", it has lost a lot of its lethality (admittedly for some districts this is not true).

    Rep. Sanchez (Ca) is another one that needs to step up with her position.
    LOL, well as he did say, he was in Bio-Dome and Half Baked...
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