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New Memo Indicates Feds Will Not Honor State Medical Marijuana Laws

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marijuanaBy BETH DeFALCO, Associated Press

The U.S. Justice Department says that marijuana dispensaries and licensed growers in states with medical marijuana laws could face prosecution for violating federal drug and money-laundering laws.

In a policy memo to federal prosecutors obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Cole said a 2009 memo by then-Deputy Attorney General David Ogden did not give states cover from prosecution.

In 2009, the Justice Department told prosecutors they should not focus investigative resources on patients and caregivers complying with state medical marijuana laws.

The new memo says that view has not changed.

“There has, however, been an increase in the scope of commercial cultivation, sale, distribution and use of marijuana for purported medical purposes,” says the new memo by Cole.

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  1. Our Constitution required two constitutional amendments to prohibit and to un-prohibit alcohol. The controlled substance act should have likewise been a constitutional amendment.
    The controlled substance act was passed by congress without the the authority to pass such an act, a constitutional amendment should have been required. Therefore, it is my belief that such an act was beyond the scope and authority of congress and the executive branchs of government. If you disagree, then tell me what has changed in our constitution that required a constitutional amendments then, but not now?

  2. They are more than Fascist; the Government is just as dirty as most of the cops are. The Government SUCKS and always will. Leave people alone that need to use it, not put them in jail.

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