Monday, October 19, 2009

Ending the Raids and Prosecutions

Breaking News: The Obama Administration took a bold step today to reverse the Bush Administration on the issue of medical marijuana.

The Rove Republican Racket and the legion of renegade U.S. Attorneys methodically raided and went after suppliers and users of medical marijuana. Many who were prosecuted were sick or terminally ill, and simply obeying state laws.

The Los Angeles Times reports:
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.

"It will not be a priority to use federal resources to prosecute patients with serious illnesses or their caregivers who are complying with state laws on medical marijuana, but we will not tolerate drug traffickers who hide behind claims of compliance with state law to mask activities that are clearly illegal," Holder said in a statement accompanying the new guidelines. "This balanced policy formalizes a sensible approach that the Department has been following since January: effectively focus our resources on serious drug traffickers while taking into account state and local laws."