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Monday, October 19, 2009

New DOJ Policy on Federal Role in States Permitting Medical Use of Marijuana

The DOJ memorandum is here. Jonathan H. Adler at The Volokh Conspiracy has a post entitled A Step Toward Sanity on Medical Marijuana applauding the move, which was reported on by The Washington Post. The lead:

The Obama administration delivered new guidance on medical marijuana to federal prosecutors Monday, signaling a broad policy shift that will mean fewer crackdowns against dispensaries and the people who use them.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. instructed government lawyers that in 14 states where medical marijuana use is legal, federal prosecutors should focus only on cases involving higher level drug traffickers or people who use the state laws as a cover story.

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