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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.

    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.
    Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
    Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

  • #2
    Basically, they will not arrest anyone already following the law from what it looks like. Okay.

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    • #3
      I got no arguments for or against marijuana. Im not losing any sleep once marijuana gets legalized, which it will sooner or later.

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      • #4
        Great let the pot heads get away with it.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by damode1985 View Post
          I got no arguments for or against marijuana. Im not losing any sleep once marijuana gets legalized, which it will sooner or later.

          It will never be legalized, maybe decriminalized but never.... and I really don't care either way but for sure it might be a way that California can pay it's bills with the tariffs...

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          • #6
            Yeah right, more money isn't going to help that place. A freaking printing press won't even help them.
            But hey, they're off to more important issues like banning Plasma TVs. I don't know if someone should tell them..but aren't the manufacturers phasing them out anyways due to market reasons.
            The liberal politician has the only job where they go to the office to work for everyone but those who pay their salary.

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            • #7
              I have no personal issues with MJ either, but where I work I get soooo much crack and other drugs due to the presence of MJ. All our drug dealers use MJ and thus they give us great PC to go further to find the hard stuff. Make MJ legal and our arrest for crack and other drugs will go down significantly.
              Ignored: Towncop, Pulicords, TacoMac, Ten08

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              • #8
                Damn liberals!!!! Great, not all the potheads get let loose. They can take that policy and shove it up their rears!!!!
                "Abandon your animosities and make your sons Americans." - Robert E. Lee, 1865

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by creolecop View Post
                  I have no personal issues with MJ either, but where I work I get soooo much crack and other drugs due to the presence of MJ. All our drug dealers use MJ and thus they give us great PC to go further to find the hard stuff. Make MJ legal and our arrest for crack and other drugs will go down significantly.
                  That's a POV that would have to be considered for sure, but really they're going to do what they want to do and we don't have even the slightest say in these issues.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by damode1985 View Post
                    I got no arguments for or against marijuana. Im not losing any sleep once marijuana gets legalized, which it will sooner or later.
                    Seems like everyone is pushing for all this legalization crap even more than before.

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                    • #11
                      Very few of the medical marijuana "dispensaries" comply fully with California law. In addition, a lot of what they sell is tainted, often with pesticides that are banned for use on crops, or else with excessive pesticide levels.
                      Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
                      Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by damode1985 View Post
                        I got no arguments for or against marijuana. Im not losing any sleep once marijuana gets legalized, which it will sooner or later.
                        +1...I do think it will get legalized sometime in my life time...
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                        • #13
                          I believe all social experiments should be conducted in California. That way, if something goes horribly wrong, no damage done.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Group9 View Post
                            I believe all social experiments should be conducted in California. That way, if something goes horribly wrong, no damage done.
                            Agreed. If they choose to suffer the effects of having a Brave New World, I say let them. It would merely show the rest of the populace how much chaos can be created by such a socialistic theory.
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