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March 22, 2009

Medical marijuana fans now feeling they can exhale and inhale

This AP story, headlined "Pot advocates exhale after AG signals policy shift," provides details on reactions to the latest change in federal prosecutorial policies.  Here is how the story starts:

Medical marijuana users and dispensary owners in California have held their breath for years — fearful they would be targeted for prosecution by the federal government. They finally exhaled this past week when U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said federal agents will now target marijuana distributors only when they violate both federal and state laws, a departure from the policy of the Bush administration.

It's not seen by many as a move by the Obama administration toward the legalization of marijuana. However, it could end much of the confusion among state and federal authorities dealing with the mishmash of laws in which cultivating, using and selling pot for medical purposes is allowed by states but outlawed by the federal government.

"This signals, in my mind, a true kind of federalism," said Jody Armour, a law professor at the University of Southern California. "The federal government is allowing states to take chances, to take experiments and see what happens."

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This is going to look like such a great idea sometime down the road when a new administration comes in. These folks will have become complacent about non-enforcement and much more open about their business.

Counting on the whims of policy to keep you out of the federal pen seems like an extremely untenable position.

Posted by: Soronel Haetir | Mar 22, 2009 9:37:46 AM

Charles Lynch is to be sentenced tomorrow. In the Lynch case the harshness of the sentence is the primary question being considered. I'm sure there are multiple issues for appeal, but that is for another day.

Raich v Ashcroft shows what must be done in terms of federal legislation to end this toxic vice so many are caught in.

Posted by: beth | Mar 22, 2009 10:51:10 AM

There are many pros and cons to the use of medical marijuana. One of the positive uses of pot is in medical purposes. Marijuana may help people who have serious medical ailments with pain management. An example is the presence of marijuana clubs that cater to patients using medical marijuana for treatment. For more on this topic visit http://medicalpot.com . Most importantly pot is known to help reduce cell growth in cancer patients.

Posted by: oprina tiberiu | Apr 15, 2009 1:40:40 PM

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