Federal about-face on medical marijuana

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v1ru5

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Reporting from Washington - Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. said today the Obama administration is officially reversing the federal stance on medical marijuana and ordering authorities not to arrest or charge any users and suppliers who conform to state laws.

In guidelines issued today, Justice Department officials are telling prosecutors and federal drug agents that they have more important things to do than to arrest people who obey state laws that allow some use or sale of medical marijuana.

The move clarifies what some critics had said was an ambiguous position of the Obama administration on the controversial issue, especially in the battleground state of California, where authorities have raided numerous clinics and made arrests over the years. Some of those California raids followed Obama's inauguration in January, after, as a presidential candidate, he had pledged to stop them.

The new guidelines note that federal law enforcement agencies have limited resources and that they need them for more pressing priorities. One of those priorities is countering the spread of violent Mexican drug cartels, which use the vast profits from their marijuana sales in the United States to support other criminal activities, the guidelines say.

A federal about-face on medical marijuana -- latimes.com
 

DAB

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We don't need multiple threads on this either, so lets keep it there. I didn't move it, but usually when these discussions some up they get a bit heated, that is likely why it got moved. Lets continue there.
 
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