Attorney General to permit legal medical marijuana clinics – focus more on white-collar crime

March 22, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The Obama administration has decided to permit the local dispensation of medical marijuana in America if it is in compliance with local and state laws. Attorney General Eric Holder Holder announced that his department will instead only focus on people and organizations growing or cultivating “substantial amounts of marijuana in a way that’s inconsistent with federal law and state law.” The decision affects 13 states that have legalized marijuana for medical purposes: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington state. Up to now, in those 13 states, state and local authorities permitted this trade, but federal authorities were committed to shutting it down. Over the past 2½ years, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration has raided at least 80 dispensaries in California.

Holder’s comments indicated that the Justice Department would instead allocate greater resources for investigations of white-collar crime, neglected by the Bush administration, who focused on it’s war on drugs and terror. As it turned out white-collar fraud and corruption may have damaged this country far worse then many of the anticipated external percieved threats.


Comments

5 Responses to “Attorney General to permit legal medical marijuana clinics – focus more on white-collar crime”

  1. sarahmarie on March 22nd, 2009 6:53 pm

    f**k yea!!!!

  2. Nick on March 24th, 2009 1:56 pm

    I believe Marijuana, and perhaps other illegal drugs under certain regulations, should be legalized as soon as possible. If you look at history, prohibition made crime with alcohal and started the mafia. Prohibition just doesn’t work. Plus, the drug cartels hope we keep these laws up, this is how they make their money. If anything, don’t attack the users, go after the source. Billions of tax payers dollars are being wasted on a pointless war against drugs, that we’re no where closer than the day we started this pointless fude between the governement and its drug using people.

  3. Conrad Caldwell on March 24th, 2009 8:52 pm

    If you want to cut down on crime and illegal substance abuse, decriminalize the substance, and regulate and tax its sale and distribution, much as is done for tobacco.
    In the case of Marijuana, this could yield a significant tax collection for federal and state coffers, and allow law enforcement to concentrate their efforts on real, seriouc criminal activities. Moreover, by eliminating the covert.illegal nature of the pot provision system, you will introduce a regulatory effect into the price and profitability of Marijuana, thus greatly diminishing the incentive to cross the border with illegal shipments, reducing the associated costs in enforcement and prosecution.
    You will reduce your state prison populations by no longer prosecuting minor offenders, and reduce criminality by not housing transgressors with hard-core inmates…
    And so on, and so on…, there are thousands of good reasons to decriminalize/legalizing marijuana, and other substances. Will we be smart enough as a nation to implement these policies?
    I’m not so sure.

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