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Holder Promises Feds Will Clarify Medical Marijuana Position

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eric holder marijuanaU.S. Attorney General Eric Holder promised Thursday to clarify the Justice Department’s position on state medical marijuana laws after federal prosecutors in several states warned they will prosecute everyone from licensed growers to state regulators.

“We are in the process of working [on]these issues with the U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island and other U.S. Attorneys across the country,” he said. “My hope is that sometime in the not too distant future … it will be addressed.”

Holder’s cautious comments came during a news conference while touring facilities in Rhode Island with other state lawmakers according to Laura Crimaldi of The Seattle Times.

Afterward the news conference, Holder was bombarded with questions about the Justice Department’s position on dispensaries that sell marijuana to people approved by state law to use cannabis to cope with chronic pain and other debilitating ailments.

stop dea raidsHolder didn’t provide many details about the coming ‘clarification’, but did ominously say that his department is “wary” of dispensaries being seen as marijuana legalization.

Holder’s statement comes at a time when Governors in several states received warnings over the past couple of months federal attorneys. Sixteen states have approved the use of medical marijuana, including Rhode Island, which is not legal under federal law. Several of those states also regulate medical marijuana dispensaries.

Thursday, Holder sidestepped questions about whether he would support the arrest of state employees involved in any medical-marijuana licensing or regulation. He repeatedly said that he hopes more discussions between federal and state officials will lead to a fair resolution of the conflict. The Justice Department’s policy of prosecuting significant growers and distributors of marijuana conflicts with the operation of medical-marijuana dispensaries whose operators would legally grow quantities of cannabis.

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  • Hunter

    THIS GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES THE UNITED STATES WITH ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO PRODUCTS WHICH KILLS EVERYONE. OBVIOUSLY THEY DONT CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE SINCE MARIJUANA IS SUCH A ISSUE…

    YOUR TRYING TO GET RID OF A MEDICAL DRUG THAT HAS DONE NOTHING BUT HELP PEOPLE, AND WHAT HAS ALCOHOL AND CIGGS DONE????????????

    YOU ALL KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT….. DEATH

  • ConservativeChristian

    Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us would want our child thrown in jail with the sexual predators for using a little marijuana. None of us would want to see an older family member’s home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants to ease their aches and pains. It’s time to stop putting our own families in jail. It’s time to let ordinary Americans grow a little marijuana in their own back yards; how about $100 per year for an annual permit to grow a dozen plants? This will go a long way toward putting the criminal drug gangs out of business for good! Also, check out http://www.northpoint.org/ if you’d like to see some more very positive material about Jesus at work in people’s lives.

  • randolph

    No, the DOJ is NOT God, however, it is overseen by a group of power hungry zionists who believe that they are God’s “chosen” people, according to their “Torah.” For this reason, they feel they have the authority to implement this phony “War on Drugs” in order to control people’s lives, manipulate the western world into ruin, and enrich themselves at the peril of the true citizens of the US and Europe.

  • Esoteric Knowledge

    So what’s wrong with marijuana legalization? Seems to me no one has the authority to illegalize a plant anyway! The DOJ is not God, is it? Grown men afraid of a plant!? They must be some serious cowards…people that detached from reality should not be in any position to be defining laws. Better if they go home and suck their thumb. People who are mentally ill and that cowardly should not be telling you how to live your life, they have no right even if they could think straight, which they can’t.