Feds Will Back Off Medical Pot Operations
No more crackdowns on outlets that comply with state law
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2009 7:27 AM CDT
Federal prosecutors will be told it's a waste of time to go after pot operations operating legally under state law.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

(Newser) – The Obama administration will stop cracking down on medical marijuana centers operating legally under state law, according to a new policy expected to be released today. The move is a significant departure from the Bush administration, which continued to bust such operations for breaking federal law. Under the new strategy, federal prosecutors will be told that legal action against such operations is not a good use of their time, reports AP, which was briefed about the change by federal officials.

Fourteen states currently allow distribution of medical marijuana, including California which has a large number of pot centers and even allows advertising for such operations. A three-page memo on the new policy is being sent today to federal prosecutors in the 14 states, and to officials at the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration, sources said. "This moves the federal government dramatically toward respecting scientific and practical reality," said the head of a medical marijuana advocacy group.

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yukonchuck06
Nov 6, 2009 10:08 AM CST
I wil....(PUFF...PUFF) EXHALE, hep you out bro. I vote, isn't that terrifying?
Observer
Oct 19, 2009 12:58 PM CDT
How do companies that demand piss tests deal with medical marijuana users? It is definitely time to end drug testing in the workplace and in schools. This Regan era relic is unconstitutional. So is DNA testing. We cannot trust the government - they prove it time and time again.
cochiserocks
Oct 19, 2009 11:06 AM CDT
To paraphrase Bill - "Ever noticed how the drugs which make you docile, fat, easily manipulated and apathetic are legal? (cigarettes, alcohol etc..) while the drugs which calm you, open up your third eye, enlighten you or offer motivation to develop a deeper understanding of the world around you aren't - Coincidence? I don't think so!"