Saturday, February 28, 2009
The Huffingtonpost reports on Attorney General Eric Holder's announcement that the Justice Department will not target medical marijuana club. The story provides,
Attorney General Eric Holder said at a press conference Wednesday that the Justice Department will no longer raid medical marijuana clubs that are established legally under state law. His declaration is a fulfillment of a campaign promise by President Barack Obama, and marks a major shift from the previous administration.
After the inauguration, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) continued to carry out such raids, despite Obama's promise. Holder was asked if those raids represented American policy going forward.
"No," he said. "What the president said during the campaign, you'll be surprised to know, will be consistent with what we'll be doing in law enforcement. He was my boss during the campaign. He is formally and technically and by law my boss now. What he said during the campaign is now American policy." . . . Holder's declaration is a high point for the movement to legalize medical marijuana, which has been growing for decades despite federal hostility. . . .